Killer nurse joins ranks of inmates never to be released | Law

Killer nurse joins ranks of inmates never to be released

Associate Professor Alex Steel speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (3 August 2013).

Associate Professor Alex Steel, of the Faculty of Law at the University of NSW, said an intention to kill was not necessarily needed for a murder conviction.

''In order for someone to be convicted of murder, obviously you need an act causing death,'' he said. ''Then you just need one of a range of mental elements. That can be an intention to kill; it can also be intention to cause grievous bodily harm, or it can be acting with reckless indifference to human life. If you can show that person was acting if they don't care if someone lives or dies as a result of their action then that's sufficient to be a basis for conviction murder.

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