Section 96 Crimes Act 1900 NSW | Robbery with Wounding


Section 96 of the Crimes Act deals with ‘robbery with wounding.’

This section says that if you wound another person, or cause another person to suffer grievous bodily harm whilst carrying out a robbery, you could face a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.

While this is evidently a very heavy penalty, it’s important to remember that it is the maximum, which means that it will only apply in the most serious cases.

In fact, with the help of an experienced criminal lawyer you may be able to get a much lighter penalty.

Before you can be found guilty of committing a robbery with wounding, the prosecution has to prove that you robbed another person AND you either:

  • Wounded that other person – a wound is where both layers of the skin are broken, for example, a split lip or deep cut OR
  • Caused that other person to suffer ‘grievous bodily harm’ – in other words, some kind of ‘really serious harm’ or a ‘permanent or serious disfigurement.’ An example would be a broken bone, internal organ damage or killing a foetus.

As discussed on our other pages, a robbery is where you steal something that does not belong to you from another person and you also commit an assault on that person.

An assault is where you cause another person to fear that you will act violently.

For more information about robbery offences, see our offence page here.

The Legislation

Section 96 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘robbery with wounding’ and reads as follows:

96 Same (robbery) with wounding

Whosoever commits any offence under section 95, and thereby wounds or inflicts grievous bodily harm on any person, shall be liable to imprisonment for 25 years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

If you’re facing charges in relation to robbery with wounding, it’s in your best interests to speak to an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible.

A reputable and experienced criminal lawyer will not only be able to advise you of your options, but they will also be able to fight the charges if you wish to plead ‘not guilty.’

The expert defence team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers has considerable experience defending clients in some of the most serious robbery matters, including ‘robbery with wounding.’

In many cases, we’ve been able to have the charges dropped by finding problems with the prosecution case and raising these at an early stage.

Even if your matter ends up in court, we can help you obtain all relevant evidence and witnesses to ensure that your matter is presented in the most compelling manner possible.

If you simply wish to plead guilty, our lawyers can help you persuade the court to have the matter dealt with as lightly as possible – so that you don’t have to face harsh penalties.

For the best possible defence in your ‘robbery with wounding’ matter, call us today on
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