Section 208 Crimes Act | Threatening to Destroy Aircraft Vessel Vehicle


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The Legislation

Section 208 of the Crimes Act is the offence of Threatening to Destroy Aircraft Vessel Vehicle and is extracted below.

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208 Threatening to destroy etc an aircraft, vessel or vehicle

(1) In this section:”threat” includes:
(a) an expression of intention, or
(b) the making of a statement from which an expression of intention could reasonably be inferred.
“transport vehicle” means:
(a) a mechanically or electrically driven vehicle that is used or designed to be used for the purpose of conveying passengers or goods, or passengers and goods, or for the purpose of drawing a vehicle or vehicles of the kind referred to in paragraph (b), or
(b) a vehicle not so driven that is directly or indirectly connected to and drawn by, or designed to be connected to and drawn by, a vehicle of the kind first referred to in paragraph (a),
but does not include an aircraft or vessel.

(2) A person who makes a demand of another person with a threat:
(a) to destroy or damage, or endanger the safety of, an aircraft, vessel or transport vehicle, or
(b) to kill, or inflict bodily injury on, persons who are in or on an aircraft, vessel or transport vehicle,
is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.

(3) A person who makes a demand of another person together with a threat to do any of the things mentioned in subsection (2) (a) or (b) and, while that threat still has effect:
(a) discharges a firearm,
(b) causes an explosion, or
(c) inflicts grievous bodily harm on, or wounds, a person,
is liable to imprisonment for 25 years.

(4) A person who makes a threat:
(a) to destroy or damage, or endanger the safety of, an aircraft, vessel or transport vehicle, or
(b) to kill, or inflict bodily injury on, persons who are in or on an aircraft, vessel or transport vehicle,
is liable to imprisonment for 5 years.