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Murder and Culpable Homicide versus Trauma and Disease: A Case-Based Forensic Pathological Review from the Perspectives of Penal Law in Selected South/South-East Asian Jurisdictions

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S. Kodikara ,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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G. Kumarasinghe,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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D. Rambukwella,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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S. Chandradasa

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

The cause of death was given as acute posterior wall myocardial infarction due to right coronary artery atherosclerosis following a death of a previously healthy, chronic smoker who was found dead following a brief altercation. It was commented that “There were non-fatal, non-grievous injuries and in a setting of acute myocardial infarction and chronic ischemia with fatty metamorphosis, the stress induced by the said altercation could have led to an arrhythmic status causing sudden death”. The prima-facie question arising from a trial of such a case is the degree of culpability, namely (1) whether the alleged assailant has caused the death of the deceased? (2) If so, whether he/she qualify for the charge of (2a) culpable homicide not amounting to murder, (2b) culpable homicide amounting to murder or (2c) compete exoneration. This review discusses said vexing questions in a context of the penal law of the said jurisdictions.
How to Cite: Kodikara, S., Kumarasinghe, G., Rambukwella, D. and Chandradasa, S., 2021. Murder and Culpable Homicide versus Trauma and Disease: A Case-Based Forensic Pathological Review from the Perspectives of Penal Law in Selected South/South-East Asian Jurisdictions. Medico-Legal Journal of Sri Lanka, 9(1), pp.33–36. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/mljsl.v9i1.7433
Published on 30 Jun 2021.
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