Section 93O of the Crimes Act states that you may be charged with aggravated contamination where you contaminate goods or threaten to contaminate goods with the intention of causing death or grievous bodily harm to another person, and a person dies or suffers grievous bodily harm.
Grievous bodily harm is defined as ‘really serious harm’ such as a broken bone, internal organ damage or the death of a foetus.
The maximum penalty for this offence is 25 years imprisonment.
While the maximum penalty may seem harsh, it’s important to remember that they will only apply in the most serious cases.
With the help of our experienced criminal defence lawyers you may be able to avoid a harsh penalty.
Section 93O of the Crimes Act 1900, which deals with Aggravated Circumstances Death or Grievous Bodily Harm, reads as follows:
93O Aggravated Circumstances Death or Grievous Bodily Harm
(1) A person is guilty of an offence against this section if the person commits an offence against section 93K or 93L and:
(a) the contamination of the goods causes the death of any person or grievous bodily harm to any person, or
(b) the person intends by that contamination to cause such death or harm.
(2) A person convicted of an offence against this section is liable to imprisonment for 25 years.
(3) If on the trial of a person for an offence against this section the jury is not satisfied that the accused is guilty of the offence charged, but is satisfied on the evidence that the accused is guilty of an offence under section 93K or 93L, it may find the accused not guilty of the offence charged but guilty of the latter offence, and the accused is liable to punishment accordingly.
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