Is it a criminal offence to encourage someone to commit a crime, if this crime is finally not committed?

One judgment of the Superior Court says it is.The defendant had asked a work colleague to bring another colleague to a specific place, so that he could kill the person. The colleague went to the place where they were supposed to meet, but didn’t bring along with her the person who was supposed to get killed by the defendant. It appears from the facts that the defendant did not encourage

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