New South Wales introduces drug homicide crime

The Australian state of New South Wales has introduced legislation meaning that people who sell drugs that are subsequently implicated in a fatal drug overdose could face murder charges. The offence of ‘drug supply causing death’ will carry a maximum 20-year prison sentence. There is an exception for those who share drugs amongst friends; the legislation states that the supply of drugs must be for ‘financial or material gain’. The new law is expected to be enacted in the case of two recent deaths at a music festival in New South Wales.