Attempted murder is essentially the same crime as murder, the only difference being that the alleged action of the accused has not resulted in death. The Crown require to prove that the victim would have died had it not been for medical intervention. They also require to lead evidence to show that the accused intended to kill or displayed the same wicked recklessness required for the crime of murder.
Attempted murder sentences will vary depending upon the nature of the particular crime, any previous convictions of the accused, victim impact statements and any other relevant factors. In general however it is unlikely that a person convicted of attempted murder will receive less than 8 years imprisonment.
We have instructed counsel in numerous murder and attempted murder trials over our 26 years as a firm. We have secured many acquittals and these are only achieved through the meticulous preparation and forensic attention to detail for which our solicitors are known.