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More murder for Canberra

By johnboy - 10 December 2008 25

Simon Corbell has announced that Canberra is going to have more murders.

This is not normally considered to be a good thing, but in this case it probably is:

    “The Labor Government will introduce into the Legislative Assembly amendments to the Crimes Act 1900 to reform the offence of murder so that a person can be convicted of the offence when a person dies when the intention of the accused person was to inflict serious harm. Under ACT law as it currently stands an accused person in those circumstances could only be convicted for manslaughter, which carries a lesser maximum penalty than murder.”

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Tooks 10:59 am 02 Dec 09

Victims *don’t* generally take the law into their own hands though cleo, so if the justice system fails, then they’ve got nothing.

Even if someone is only convicted of manslaughter, that still carries a term of up to 25 years. It’s sentencing in the ACT that is the problem IMO.

cleo 11:41 pm 01 Dec 09

Hi I have just found out that the new laws are not the same as other states, yes they did change the law BUT softly softly easy easy! The current murders awaiting trial will NOT come under the new law, what a load of crap! And they wonder why people (victims)take the law into their own hands. 🙁

The Owl 10:57 pm 21 Dec 08


Hoot hoot hoot!

The Owl 10:56 pm 21 Dec 08

johnboy There are a lot of laws that need updating, some go back to the convict days and Canberra has lagged behind compared to the rest of Australia

poptop 8:48 am 19 Dec 08

johnboy said :

letting governments make retrospective laws is a lot worse than murder Owl.

That is a bit debatable and probably depends on a number of factors.

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