Briefly explain the law relating to murder

Murder is a common law offence and is the unlawful killing of a human being, under the Queen’s peace, with malice aforethought. It is considered by most people to be one of the most serious of offences. It carries a mandatory life sentence.

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This essay is about the common law offence of murder and defines what amounts to murder.  

It talks about mandatory life sentences and the use of tariffs and guidelines. It includes an explanation of 'malice aforethought'; a reference to Cunningham 1982; euthanasia; Airedale NHS Trust v Bland (1993); lawful and unlawful killings; the meaning of a 'human being' and the former year and a day rule and its repeal by The Law Reform (Year and a day rule) Act 1996.





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