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Child homicide

A person who, by his or her conduct, kills a child who is under the age of 6 years in circumstances that, but for this section, would constitute manslaughter is guilty of child homicide, and not of manslaughter, and liable to level 3 imprisonment (20 years maximum).

Note to s. 5A inserted by No. 65/2016 s. 20(5).


Child homicide is a category 2 offence under the Sentencing Act 1991 . See subsection (2H) of section 5 of that Act for the requirement to impose a custodial order for this offence unless the circumstances set out in paragraphs (a) to (e) of that subsection exist.

No. 6103 s. 6.

S. 6 amended by Nos 9576 s. 11(1), 49/1991 s. 119(1) (Sch. 2 item 4), 48/1997 s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 4), substituted by No. 77/2005 s. 5.

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