PROVOCATION DEFENCE NO LONGER EXCUSE FOR MURDER

Anger no longer an excuse for murder – government launches consultation on reforms to the murder law

New reforms to the law on homicide will make it much harder for those who kill out of anger to avoid a murder conviction by claiming that they were provoked, Justice Minister Maria Eagle said today.

A Government consultation paper, ‘Murder and Manslaughter: Proposals for Reform of the Law’, launched today, proposes the abolition of the existing partial defence of provocation and its replacement with two new partial defences:

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