160 Culpable homicide


Homicide may be either culpable or not culpable.


Homicide is culpable when it consists in the killing of any person—


by an unlawful act; or


by an omission without lawful excuse to perform or observe any legal duty; or


by both combined; or


by causing that person by threats or fear of violence, or by deception, to do an act which causes his or her death; or


by wilfully frightening a child under the age of 16 years or a sick person.


Except as provided in section 178, culpable homicide is either murder or manslaughter.


Homicide that is not culpable is not an offence.

Compare: 1908 No 32 s 175