Murder, or homicide, is the wilful killing of a person either intentionally or with reckless indifference to life. However, it does not include dangerous driving causing death—the unlawful killing of a person as a result of dangerous or negligent driving without intent to kill. This is a different offence and has a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

If a person has a previous murder conviction or has been found guilty of multiple murders the minimum sentence is 30 years in prison.

If a person knowingly murders a police officer the minimum sentence is 25 years in prison.


Attempting to murder is an offence under section 306. This inlcudes an attempt to unlawfully kill another person by any means, act or omission.