AQA A2 LAW03 - Murder, Special Defences + Involuntary Manslaughter

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1. What is the actus reus for unlawful act manslaughter?

  • A dangerous, unlawful act which causes death
  • Death caused by an unlawful act
  • An unlawful act which causes death
  • A dangerous act which causes death
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2. Which statement is true in regards to unlawful act manslaughter?

  • Supplying drugs will not cause death; administering drugs will
  • Death will only be caused if the drugs were supplied by someone else
  • Neither supplying drugs nor administering drugs will cause a death
  • Supplying and administering drugs will both cause a death

3. The special defence of diminished responsibility originally came from s.2 of the Homicide Act 1957. Which legislation is the defence currently set out under?

  • s.52 Coroners and Justice Act 2009
  • s.52 Criminal Justice Act 2003
  • s.52 Criminal Justice Act 2009
  • s.52 Offences Against the Person Act 1861

4. s.54(4) CJA 2009 tells us that a D cannot rely on loss of control if there is...?

  • A separate criminal act
  • A considered desire for revenge
  • The presence of intoxication
  • A planned course of action

5. What is the maximum custodial sentence for voluntary manslaughter?

  • Discretionary life sentence
  • 25 years
  • Mandatory life sentence
  • 50 years


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