Section 41A of the Crimes Act creates an offence for the poisoning of a water supply.
It deals with situations where you release any form of poison or noxious substance into a water supply (for example, a dam or water pipes) with the intention of causing harm to other persons.
In this situation, the maximum penalty is five years’ imprisonment.
While the maximum penalty for the offence can be harsh, it’s important to remember that the maximum will only apply in the most serious cases.
The actual penalty that you will receive will be determined by the magistrate or judge after considering all the facts and circumstances of your case.
It is therefore important to ensure that you have a reputable, highly experienced lawyer on your side who you can trust to put forth your case in the most positive light.
Section 41A of the Crimes Act 1900, which deals with Poisoning etc of Water Supply, reads as follows:
41A Poisoning etc of Water Supply
A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person introduces any poison or other destructive or noxious thing into a supply of water, and
(b) the person intends to injure any person or persons.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years.
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