Section 249K Crimes Act | Blackmail


Section 249K of the Crimes Act is the offence of Blackmail and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

Section 249K of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Blackmail’ and reads as follows:

249K Blackmail offence

(1) A person who makes any unwarranted demand with menaces:
(a) with the intention of obtaining a gain or of causing a loss, or
(b) with the intention of influencing the exercise of a public duty,
is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.

(2) A person is guilty of an offence against this subsection if the person commits an offence against subsection (1) by an accusation, or a threatened accusation, that a person has committed a serious indictable offence. Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 14 years.