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Unlawful homicide that does not fall into the categories of manslaughter or infanticide. The mens rea for murder is traditionally known as malice aforethought and the punishment (since 1965) is life imprisonment. Murder is subject to the special defences of diminished responsibility, suicide pact, and provocation, which serve to reduce the defendant's conviction from murder to voluntary manslaughter.

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