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Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977)

Chapter 26 : Competent Verdicts

258. Murder and attempted murder


If the evidence on a charge of murder or attempted murder does not prove the offence of murder or, as the case may be, attempted murder, but—

(a) the offence of culpable homicide;
(b) the offence of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm;
(c) the offence of robbery;
(d) in a case relating to a child, the offence of exposing an infant, whether under a statute or at common law, or the offence of disposing of the body of a child, in contravention of section 113 of the General Law Amendment Act, 1935 (Act No.  46 of 1935), with intent to conceal the fact of its birth;
(e) the offence of common assault;
(f) the offence of public violence; or
(g) the offence of pointing a fire-arm, air-gun or air-pistol in contravention of any law,

the accused may be found guilty of the offence so proved.