Section 197 Crimes Act | Dishonestly Destroying or Damaging Property


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Section 197 of the Crimes Act is the offence of Dishonestly Destroying or Damaging Property and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

Section 197 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Dishonestly Destroying or Damaging Property’ and reads as follows:

197 Dishonestly destroying or damaging property

(1) A person who dishonestly, with a view to making a gain for that person or another, destroys or damages property is liable:
(a) to imprisonment for 7 years, or
(b) if the destruction or damage is caused by means of fire or explosives, to imprisonment for 14 years.

(2) A person who, during a public disorder, dishonestly, with a view to making a gain for that person or another, destroys or damages property is liable:
(a) to imprisonment for 9 years, or
(b) if the destruction or damage is caused by means of fire or explosives, to imprisonment for 16 years.

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