Please note: Indigenous persons should be aware there are images of a deceased person in the newspaper links below.
UPDATE 21/7/2017 JURY SENT TO DELIBERATE
The requirements for a conviction of manslaughter in Western Australia are complicated.
The present trial of the person (name suppressed) charged with the manslaughter of Elijah Doughty is an example of that complication.
We await the end of the trial and the jury deliberation.
Copy of the Law Reform Commission of WA – PDF
MANSLAUGHTER UNDER THE
CRIMINAL CODE (WA)
The elements of manslaughter are that:
• the accused caused the death of the victim;8
• the accused did not intend to kill or intend to cause
grievous bodily harm to any person (or that the
circumstances were such that the offence does not
constitute wilful murder or murder); and
• the killing is not authorised, justified or excused by
There are two broad categories of manslaughter under
the Code: Intentional and unintentional.