June 2nd, 2009


British charges/sentencing for breaking and entering with an intent to kill

Time: Late 1998
Location: Surrey, England
Scenario: Two men (both aged 22) abduct another young man (age 18), bring him to a large piece of private property, and beat him to death. The two assailants then break into a dwelling on the same property with the intent of commiting four more murders and a sexual assault. However, the four occupants of the dwelling (all aged 18-19) are not home. The two perpetrators wait for about 40 minutes for their would-be victims to return, but, when they do not, leave with the intention of heading north to Manchester.

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Now my question is, in addition to the charges of murder, could the two assailants also be charged for breaking into the house with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm? If so, what could/would they be charged with? And what would the potential sentence be?

I've raked through a great deal of information online and have been given all sorts of different answers (Burglary - since there was an intent of GBH; Aggravated Burglary - since they entered the house with a potentially lethal weapon; Conspiracy to commit murder - though this sounds the closest to the actual crime, how likely would it be for them to actually be convicted? ; Conspiracy to commit rape ; etc. etc.) Others have suggested that a court wouldn't bother with such charges in light of an actual murder charge, but knowing that the two assailants intended on commiting four more murders when they'd already successfully commited one, not to mention commit a rape, seems to merit at least something. But the question is, what? Since the potential victims weren't even home, would such charges even stick?

I'm just terribly bewildered with all the answers I've been getting and was hoping that someone here could perhaps clear it up a little (or have even more suggestions of charges, lol).

Any help would be appreciated. :)

Also: Since they took their murder victim somewhere against his will and bound him to a tree before killing him, am I correct in assuming that they could also be charged with false imprisonment or ...no?
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