When the accused fires only a single shot in a sudden occurrence crime, life imprisonment is an appropriate sentence.
If a young accused has acted under the direction of an elder, he should be shown leniency.
Where motive is unproven, and it is not clear who inflicted the fatal injuries the court should not award a capital sentence. If a young accused has acted under the direction of an elder, he should be shown leniency.
Old age may be a valid ground for expediting an appeal and may be a mitigating factor except where the facts and circumstances show the accused’s determination and callousness.
In the case of an elderly and infirm prisoner, the accused’s age and health may be considered as mitigating factors, however old age in and of itself is unlikely to be a singular ground for commutation.