Section 188 Crimes Act | Receiving Stolen Property Serious Offence


Section 188 of the Crimes Act is the offence of Receiving Stolen Property Serious Offence and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

Section 188 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Receiving Stolen Property Serious Offence’ and reads as follows:

188 Receiving stolen property where stealing a serious indictable offence

(1) Whosoever receives, or disposes of, or attempts to dispose of, any property, the stealing whereof amounts to a serious indictable offence, knowing the same to have been stolen, shall be guilty of a serious indictable offence, and may be indicted, either as an accessory after the fact, or for a substantive offence, and in the latter case whether the principal offender has been previously tried or not, or is amenable to justice or not, and in either case is liable:
(a) if the property is a motor vehicle or a motor vehicle part, or a vessel or a vessel part, to imprisonment for 12 years, or
(b) in the case of any other property, to imprisonment for 10 years.

(2) In this section:”motor vehicle” has the same meaning as it has in Division 5A.”vessel” means a vessel within the meaning of the Marine Safety Act 1998.