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There are three types of unlawful homicide: murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. The
degree of seriousness applied to each offence is essentially a reflection of the defendant's state of
mind. With regard to the killing ­ murder is the most serious category of unlawful homicide.

Definition: "Murder is the…

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a) In Vickers, the defendant broke into a sweet shop and beat the elderly owner down. He
was convicted of murder as the element of planning was there.
b) R v Cunningham - the defendant had repeatedly struck his victim with a chair leg and the
victim died. The House…


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