Manslaughter falls under the Criminal Code as a form of culpable homicide that is neither murder nor infanticide. It typically involves cases where death results from unlawful, negligent, or reckless actions without the intent to kill.

Manslaughter: Legal Definitions 

Homicide s. 222 (1): A person commits homicide when, directly or indirectly, by any means, he causes the death of a human being.

  • Non culpable homicide s. 222 (3): Homicide that is not culpable is not an offence.
  • Culpable homicide s. 222 (4): Culpable homicide is murder or manslaughter or infanticide.

Culpable homicide, s. 222 (5): A person commits culpable homicide when he causes the death of a human being,

  • (a) by means of an unlawful act;
  • (b) by criminal negligence;
  • (c) by causing that human being, by threats or fear of violence or by deception, to do anything that causes his death; or
  • (d) by wilfully frightening that human being, in the case of a child or sick person.

Manslaughter Definition: Under s. 234 of the Criminal Code, culpable homicide that is not murder or infanticide is manslaughter.

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Types of Manslaughter 

  • By Unlawful Act: The fatal act must be illegal and dangerous.
  • By Criminal Negligence: Involves death caused by a reckless disregard for life and safety.
  • By Provocation: Occurs when the accused is provoked into actions that result in death.

These categories recognize that the accused did not intend to kill, but their actions led to someone's death, holding them legally accountable.

Offences Related to Manslaughter

  • Murder: Defined under Section 229 of the Criminal Code as intentional killing or causing bodily harm knowing it could lead to death.
  • Infanticide: Under Section 233, occurs when a woman causes the death of her newborn while mentally disturbed from childbirth or its effects.

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Penalties and Consequences for Manslaughter

Manslaughter is prosecuted strictly as an indictable offense, with no possibility of being reduced to a summary conviction. The severity of penalties for manslaughter can differ greatly, depending on the specifics and gravity of each case:

  • Using a Firearm: Life imprisonment, with a minimum of four years.
  • Other Cases: Punishable by up to life imprisonment, with sentences varying based on factors like intent and victim characteristics.

Indictable Dispositions Available for Manslaughter

  • Imprisonment

Aggravating Factors

  • Connection to the victim.
  • Employment of a weapon, especially a firearm.
  • Existence of premeditated or impulsive behavior.
  • Effect on the victim's family.

Legal Process and Rights of those Accused of Manslaughter

Those accused of manslaughter can request a preliminary inquiry to assess if sufficient evidence exists for a trial. Bail hearings may be complex, particularly if firearms or criminal organizations are involved.

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Potential Defences Against Manslaughter

A frequently used defence involves showing that there was no intent to kill or that the accused could not have foreseen that their actions would result in death. Another possible defence is provocation, suggesting that the victim incited the actions that led to their death.

Moreover, a defence may argue that the death was accidental and happened under legal conditions. Such defences demand a detailed grasp of legal principles and are essential for developing a strong defence strategy. Call (855) 585-1777 for a free consultation with a criminal lawyer.

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