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Murder

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

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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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Can intoxication from alcohol or drugs be used as a defence to a crime?

Date: 14 Apr 2014, Filed under: Court Appearances, Anti-Social Laws, Indecent and Sexual Assault, Murder, Sexual Offences, Drug Offences, Weapons, Assault & Battery, Robbery & Theft, Drink Driving, Criminal Law Matters

Can being intoxicated or drunk be used as a defence for criminal matters? Find out here.

Self-defence law in Australia

Date: 28 Feb 2014, Filed under: Court Appearances, Anti-Social Laws, Murder, Assault & Battery, Property

How does the defence of self-defence work in regards to assault and property protection in Australia. Find out the answers in this article.

Can a person escape charges for a criminal offence if they didn’t know the act was illegal?

Date: 16 Jan 2014, Filed under: Anti-Social Laws, Indecent and Sexual Assault, Murder, Sexual Offences, Drug Offences, Robbery & Theft, Drink Driving, Drug Driving, Traffic Matters, Criminal Law Matters, Fraud

Anyone who has made even a cursory attempt at reading any piece of statute will quickly come to the realisation that there are a lot of laws out there...

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