Murder is perhaps the most serious criminal offence under Australian law and is defined as an unlawful killing done with the intent to kill, or to do grievous bodily harm to another person. However, a person can only be found guilty of murder if a jury is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that a person held the intention to kill or do grievous bodily harm to another person.

Generally speaking, murder is committed in four ways:

1. Killing with intent to kill

2. Killing with intent to cause really serious injury (grievous bodily harm)

3. Reckless murder

4. Killing while committing a crime of violence (felony murder)

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Australian Bureau of Statistics: Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2010-11

Date: 09 Feb 2012, Filed under: Court Appearances, Resisting Arrest, Anti-Social Laws, Indecent and Sexual Assault, Murder, Sexual Offences, Drug Offences, Weapons, Assault & Battery, Robbery & Theft, Drink Driving, Speeding, Drug Driving, Traffic Matters

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have released their report Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2010-11 outlining the nature of criminal offences in ...

Qld Govt to change 'gay panic' defence

Date: 25 Jan 2012, Filed under: Court Appearances, Murder

Queensland Attorney-General, Paul Lucas, has announced that the State Government is set to change the Criminal Code to remove doubts about how and when...

Queensland gets tough on murderous ex-lovers

Date: 28 Mar 2011, Filed under: Anti-Social Laws, Murder, Renting & Leasing Property

Queensland Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Paul Lucas have announced that new laws targeting murderous ex-lovers, graveyard vandals and unfair landlords...

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Criminal law: ‘mens rea’ and the guilty mind

Date: 27 Oct 2017, Filed under: Court Appearances, Drug Offences, Assault & Battery, Robbery & Theft, Murder, Anti-Social Laws, Indecent and Sexual Assault, Sexual Offences, Weapons, Arson

It’s probably not too controversial of a statement to make; that the law is filled with many confusing terms and that’s not even including Latin – which...

Homicide Charges – Lawyers Sydney NSW

Date: 08 Sep 2017, Filed under: Murder, Criminal Law, Manslaughter

The term homicide refers to offences that result in causing death. Homicide charges can often lead to heavy penalties, such as life imprisonment.

Threats to kill: How is it an offence?

Date: 29 Mar 2017, Filed under: Murder, Criminal Law Matters

We’ve all probably uttered the words to the effect of wanting to ‘kill someone’, but of course we don’t actually mean we’d like to kill that person. However,...


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