What Is Culpable Homicide

One commits homicide when he or she causes, either directly or indirectly, someone's death. Culpable homicide requires some form of intent. However, the intent does not have to be to cause death. One still has the requisite intent where, for example, he commits an illegal act which then caused the death of an individual.

Under section 222(5) of the Criminal Code, a person commits culpable homicide when he causes the death of a human being,

  • by means of an unlawful act;
  • by criminal negligence;
  • by causing the victim, by threats or fear of violence or by deception, to do anything that causes their death; or
  • by wilfully frightening the victim, in the case of a child or sick person


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