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Case Study: The Simon Gittany Murder Case

1014CCJ - Homicide

9 Pages Essays / Projects Year: Pre-2018

Weight: 30% Length: 1500 words (+/- 10%) What type of homicide is featured in this case? (Note: Be as specific as possible) [4 marks] What are the main characteristics of the offender (eg. age, ethnicity, occupation, previous criminal history, previous victimisation, health-related issues, family history)? [15 marks] To what extent are these offender characteristics similar to or different from general patterns in offenders who commit this particular type of homicide? (Please provide references for information provided on trends in the general offender characteristics). [15 marks] What are the main characteristics of the victim (eg. age, ethnicity, occupation, previous criminal history, previous victimisation, health-related issues, family history)? [15 marks] To what extent are these victim characteristics similar to or different from general patterns in victims of this particular type of homicide? [15 marks] What were the warning signs that emerged as risk factors in the lead up to the homicide incident in this case? Please provide justifications for your answers. (Note: By warning signs we mean any occurrence or evidence before the murder which suggested that the victim may have been in danger of being harmed by the offender) [18 marks] Identify the potential guardians in this case who had the power to potentially protect the victim from being harmed by the offender in this case. Please provide justifications for your answers. (Note: Potential guardians could be people who could have taken action to try and protect the victim prior to the actual homicide, and/or people who could have taken action to try and protect the victim during the attack which resulted in the victim’s death). [18 marks]


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