Section 203C Crimes Act 1900 | Threaten Sabotage


Under the Crimes Act, it is also an offence to threaten to sabotage a public facility.

This offence is very similar to Section 203B, which deals with the offence of ‘sabotage,’ however it refers to situations where the threat is not actually carried out.

In order to prove your guilt, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you made a threat to another person about damaging a public facility, and that you intended to cause that person
fear that the threat would be carried out.

The prosecution must also prove that you threatened to cause either extensive damage to the property in question, or major economic loss.

A ‘public facility’ broadly refers to any government facility, public infrastructure facility (such as a water facility, energy facility or sewerage treatment plant), or a public transport facility, including
public transport vehicles.

‘Public facilities’ also include public places such as parks, lakes or rivers, and public computer systems such as those used to provide banking or other public services such as Centrelink.

It is important to note that the term ‘public facility’ also refers to privately owned premises where they are used to provide public services – for example, property belonging to privately owned energy companies.

If found guilty of this offence, you could face a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

Whilst this is obviously an onerous penalty, it is important to remember that it is the absolute maximum.

It will therefore only apply in the most serious cases.

Our team of criminal law specialists can assist you in avoiding these onerous penalties under the law, and can advise you on the best course of action when it comes to fighting the charges against you.

The Legislation

203C Threaten sabotage

(1) A person who:

(a) makes to another person a threat to damage a public facility, and

(b) intends that person to fear that the threat will be carried out and will cause:

(i) extensive destruction of property, or

(ii) major economic loss,

is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 14 years.

(2) In the prosecution of an offence under this section it is not necessary to prove that the person threatened actually feared that the threat would be carried out.

(3) For the purposes of this section:

(a) a threat may be made by any conduct, and may be explicit or implicit and conditional or unconditional, and

(b) a threat to a person includes a threat to a group of persons, and

(c) fear that a threat will be carried out includes apprehension that it will be carried out.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being accused of threatening sabotage can have a negative impact on your life and future.

However, with assistance from our expert lawyers, you can fight the charges and move on with your life.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we specialise in criminal law.

Our specialist knowledge and experience in this area gives us a leading advantage over other ‘general’ law firms, who may lack our expert insight.

This expert knowledge allows us to consistently obtain outstanding results – frequently, we are able to have charges dropped at an early stage by identifying problems with the prosecution case.

Where matters proceed to court, we guarantee representation only by our highly skilled senior lawyers – criminal law experts who have a wealth of experience working in some of the most difficult criminal matters.

Our senior lawyers will present your case in the most compelling manner, along with any defences that may be raised to secure a verdict of ‘not guilty.’

Our lawyers will fight relentlessly to protect your innocence and will raise all favourable evidence in order to cast doubt on the prosecution case.

Alternatively, where you wish to plead guilty to the allegations, our lawyers will assist you in obtaining any relevant documentation, such as character references or medical certificates.

We will then prepare compelling sentencing submissions which emphasise the need for a lenient penalty.

Our lawyers’ dedication and strong work ethic is reflected in our proven track record of excellent results.

Call us now on (02) 9261 8881 and book a FREE first conference with us to take the first steps towards securing a positive outcome in your ‘threaten sabotage’ case.