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Palestra 7-8-2021

Murder with particular cruelty versus murder with a motive deserving of particular condemnation – a review of case law

In Article 148 § 2 of the Penal Code, the legislator distinguished the so-called qualified types of homicide, including murder with particular cruelty and murder with motive deserving particular condemnation. Against the context of the employment of the aforementioned provisions, numerous court decisions emerge, containing a cross-section of various views and positions. This paper attempts to answer the question on the meaning and essence of the elements of “particular cruelty” and “motive deserving particular condemnation” based on the judgements of courts of general jurisdiction and the Supreme Court presented in recent years.

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