Motive

Motive is the reason for doing something.

Intention is not the same as motive.  Initially the police are interested in persons with a possible motive because it’s a good way of narrowing down their enquiries and provides lines of enquiry.

Motive is the reason for doing something. This may be jealousy, anger, frustration or revenge so the police become interested in persons who may bear ill will towards the victim.

This does not mean that in order to be successful the prosecution need to establish for the benefit of the jury the defendant’s reasons for acting in the way that they did.  For example the recent lengthy trial of Steven Wright, the Ipswich serial killer, resulted in his conviction for five murders and a whole life tariff but we are none the wiser as to why he did what he did although we can speculate.

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