Criminal Law in Singapore
This book describes and evaluates the general principles of criminal responsibility and the major offences against the person and property contained in the Singapore Penal Code. Leading cases from Singapore and the other Indian Penal Code jurisdictions of India, Malaysia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka are considered, along with relevant cases from major common law jurisdictions.
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This work builds on Criminal Law in Malaysia and Singapore (LexisNexis, 3rd Ed, 2018) by the same authors. However, the reforms brought about by the Criminal Law Reform Act 2019 made it necessary to devote this book to the law of Singapore. It compares the law before and after the amendments in order to understand the reasons for the changes, and to aid the interpretation and application of the law in practice.
• Comprehensive analysis of the general principles of criminal responsibility in Singapore
• Analysis of the major offences against the person and property in light of the general principles of criminal responsibility
• Evaluation of the amendments to the Singapore Penal Code made by the Criminal Law (Reform) Act 2019
• Review of all major relevant cases from Singapore, India, Malaysia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka
• Places the law in a historical and theoretical context pointing to its strengths and weaknesses, and suggests further improvements to the law
Table of contents
1 The Criminal Law: Context, Sources and History
2 The Criminal Process, Harm and Punishment
3 Physical Elements of Crimes
4 Fault Elements of Crimes
6 The Concurrence Principle
7 Strict Liability
8 Homicide: Principles, Punishments and Recent Reforms
9 Culpable Homicide, Murder and Offences at the Start of Life
10 Other Homicide Offences and Options for Homicide Law Reform
11 Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person
12 Sexual Offences, Harassment, Stalking and Family Violence
13 Property Offences: Structure, Principles and Theft
14 Misappropriation, Breach of Trust, Cheating and Fraud
15 Receiving, Extortion, Robbery and Burglary
16 An Overview of Criminal Defences
20 Private Defence
21 Exceeding Private Defence
24 Unsoundness of Mind
26 Diminished Responsibility
29 Sudden Fight
31 Slight Harm
32 Protection Accorded to Public Servants
33 Abetment and Criminal Conspiracy
34 Joint Liability
36 Corporate Criminal Liability