Murder & Manslaughter

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Mangan Ey & Associates prides itself on having years of experience in dealing with Murder and Manslaughter cases. We have acted in a number of high profile cases and have been successful in defending such matters at trial, having the charge(s) downgraded or dismissed

Murder and manslaughter cases often involve a significant amount of paper work which include forensic and scientific evidence, medical evidence and expert opinion. These cases take a long time to assess, negotiate and resolve.

Given the seriousness of the charge, bail is usually refused however, at Mangan Ey & Associates we pride ourselves at being particularly skilled in making successful bail applications for clients who have been charged with Murder or Manslaughter. 

Contact us for advice.


Murder can be committed in four ways:

  1. Killing with intent to kill.
  2. Killing with intent to cause really serious injury (grievous bodily harm).
  3. Reckless murder.
  4. Killing while committing a crime of violence.

Manslaughter can be classed in two ways:

  1. Voluntary manslaughter, and
  2. Involuntary manslaughter.

A charge of murder can be downgraded to manslaughter if there is a defence of provocation or excessive self-defence available. This is referred to as voluntary manslaughter.

Involuntary manslaughter refers to death caused by an unlawful and dangerous act, or by criminal negligence. 


Murder is a serious criminal offence and is punishable by a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. Unless special circumstances can be established, there is a mandatory minimum non-parole period of 20 years.

The maximum sentence for Manslaughter is a life sentence however this is not a mandatory sentence and there is no mandatory non-parole period. 

Frequently asked questions

Any charge of murder or manslaughter is heard in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Given the seriousness of the charge bail is not usually granted, however, Mangan Ey & Associates have been successful in obtaining bail for clients in numerous murder cases.

If found guilty of murder there is a mandatory penalty of life imprisonment. There is a minimum non-parole period of 20 years unless you have pleaded guilty and can satisfy certain criteria.