Is there any reason you think he may be charged with anything other than murder?
Are you thinking of provocation?
What were the angry words?
On the face of it that is just plain murder contrary to common law then.
There was, at that time, a defence of provocation that would have reduced it to manslaughter but it isn't made out here.
There might be a defence in arguing that he didn't intend to cause GBH by these actions and so murder is not made out if that is accepted but the only charge that could realistically be brought here is murder.
I suppose there could be a gross negligence manslaughter but it isn't likely here.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Murder is always life.
At that time the punishment would have been hanging as well unless the exceptions were found.