On Alf’s 21st birthday, he and his mate Bob went sailing in the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, their dinghy capsized and sank far out at sea. Both men were left clinging to a wooden plank that was strong enough to support one but not both of them. No one else was around.
Alf, who was the stronger of the pair, pushed Bob off the plank. Bob, a non-swimmer, drowned. Alf was rescued later that day.
In a statement to the police, Alf said: ‘The plank couldn’t support the two of us. If I hadn’t pushed Bob off, we’d both have drowned’.
Alf has been charged with murder.
1.In which court will the trial take place?
2.Could Alf claim that his act of pushing Bob off the plank was authorised, justified or excused by the Criminal Code (WA) and thus that he was not guilty of murder or any other crime?
3.If convicted of murder, what sentence will Alf receive?