Suicide Pact – This is a partial defence to murder. If used successfully, the survivor of a suicide pact will be guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.
Survivor of suicide pact who kills deceased party is guilty of manslaughter
(1) Where upon the trial of a person for the murder of another person the jury are satisfied that the accused caused or was a party to causing the death of that other person by a wilful act or omission but are satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the act was done or the omission made in pursuance of a suicide pact then the jury shall, notwithstanding that the circumstances were such that but for the provisions of this section they might have returned a verdict of murder, return a verdict of manslaughter in lieu thereof.
(1A) Despite section 5, a person convicted of manslaughter under subsection
(1) is only liable to level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).