THE CRIME OF MURDER

What is Homicide?

Homicide/murder means the killing of a person in a manner not justified by the law. In the olden days, a man was penalised for murder regardless of whether or not the death that resulted from his action or omission was intentional or not. The offence of homicide is unique due to the fact that it deals with the violation of the sanctity of human life.

This is moreso as the law pursuant to Read More…

MENS REA (The Mental Element of an Offence)

What Does Mens Rea Mean?

Mens rea refers to the mental element required to be proved by the definition of the crime. By the definition of the crime, I am referring to the statutory provision that describes what the offence is. If the prosecution cannot prove this element, then their case fails. Also, mens rea differs from Read More…