Assault causing death is a serious criminal offence in NSW. It is defined in section 25(1) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), which states that a person who assaults another person, and by doing so causes the death of that person, is guilty of the offence of assault causing death.


Under the current legislation, assault causing death is a form of manslaughter, which is a less serious offence than murder but still carries significant penalties. To convict of assault causing death, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused person assaulted the victim, and that the victim’s death was a direct result of that assault.


Examples of Assault causing death, include punching, kicking, or striking someone with an object. Other examples include pushing someone into traffic or causing an injury that leads to a fatal medical condition.


If convicted of assault causing death in NSW, the offender faces a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment. The actual sentence imposed will depend on a range of factors, including the circumstances of the offence, the offender’s criminal history, and any mitigating or aggravating factors.


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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 21st June 2023.


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