Crime against Person (Singapore)
This site is dedicated to issues in criminal law in Singapore, with brief write outs on various common offences and their respective prevailing sentencing, as well as the procedure of the criminal process in Singapore. The site is managed by a Singapore law firm.
Such offences may vary from simple hurt to grevious hurt, to murder.
For a simple hurt under S323 Penal Code, the sentence for such an offence (for a 1st offender, except for maid abuse cases) without aggravating factors, is a fine only.
For more severe offences against a person (with or without weapon), a custodial sentence is usually imposed. Needless to say, for an offence convicted of murder, a person would be hanged.
323 “Whoever, except in the case provided for by section 334, voluntarily causes hurt, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to $1,000, or with both”.
324 “Whoever, except in the case provided for by section 334, voluntarily causes hurt by means of any instrument for shooting, stabbing or cutting, or any instrument which, used as a weapon of offence, is likely to cause death, or by means of fire or any heated substance, or by means of any poison or any corrosive substance, or by means of any explosive substance, or by means of any substance which it is deleterious to the human body to inhale, to swallow, or to receive into the blood, or by means of any animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 5 years, or with fine, or with caning, or with any two of such punishments.”
300. Except in the cases hereinafter excepted culpable homicide is murder
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