Subpart 4—Sentencing for murder

Presumption in relation to sentence for murder

102 Presumption in favour of life imprisonment for murder


An offender who is convicted of murder must be sentenced to imprisonment for life unless, given the circumstances of the offence and the offender, a sentence of imprisonment for life would be manifestly unjust.


If a court does not impose a sentence of imprisonment for life on an offender convicted of murder, it must give written reasons for not doing so.


This section is subject to section 86E(2).

Section 102(3): inserted, on 1 June 2010, by section 8 of the Sentencing and Parole Reform Act 2010 (2010 No 33).