Section 98 Crimes Act 1900 | Robbery with Arms and Wounding


Being charged with ‘robbery with arms and wounding’ can be a difficult experience for you and your loved ones, but understanding what the law says is important if you want the best result in your case.

Section 98 of the Crimes Act 1900 says that there are three situations in which you can commit a ‘robbery with arms or wounding’:

  • Where you steal something from another person using a weapon, and you assault, wound or cause that other person to suffer ‘grievous bodily harm.’
  • Where you steal something from another person in company (i.e. where someone else helps you commit the offence) and you assault, wound or cause that other person to suffer ‘grievous bodily harm.’
  • Where you assault, wound or cause another person to suffer grievous bodily harm with the intention of robbing them.

A wound is where both layers of the skin are broken – for example, a split lip or deep cut.

‘Grievous bodily harm’ is defined as ‘really serious harm’ or a ‘permanent and serious disfigurement’ – such as a broken bone, internal organ injuries, or the killing of a foetus.

Section 98 says that if you’re found guilty of any of these offences, you could face a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.

While this is evidently a very harsh penalty, it’s important to remember that it is the maximum – so it will only apply in the most serious cases. Often, with the help of an experienced criminal lawyer, you may be able to get a much lighter sentence.

You can read more about robbery offences here.

The Legislation

Section 98 of the Crimes Act deals with the offence of ‘robbery with arms etc and wounding’ and reads as follows:

98 Robbery with arms etc and wounding

Whosoever, being armed with an offensive weapon, or instrument, or being in company with another person, robs, or assaults with intent to rob, any person, and immediately before, or at the time of, or immediately after, such robbery, or assault, wounds, or inflicts grievous bodily harm upon, such person, shall be liable to imprisonment for 25 years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

When your liberty is at stake, it’s vital that you get the experts on your side.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, our expert defence team specialises exclusively in criminal law. Our lawyers are armed with a wealth of knowledge and experience fighting serious robbery cases.

Our highly-respected criminal lawyers have appeared in countless robbery cases and can advise you of the steps you can take to avoid these onerous penalties.

In many cases, our lawyers are able to have the charges dropped at an early stage by raising problems with the prosecution case.

Alternatively, if the matter ends up in court, our outstanding advocates will work hard to obtain all relevant evidence and present your case in a compelling manner to ensure that you get the best possible outcome.

Should you wish to plead guilty, our dedicated lawyers will fight hard to ensure that you avoid heavy penalties and get a positive result – no matter how serious the charges are.

For the best possible defence in your robbery case, speak to the criminal law experts. Call us now on (02) 9261 8881 to arrange your FREE first conference with our experienced advocates.