Stealing Plants in Gardens is an offence under section 520 of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison.
To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
- You stole, destroyed or damaged with intent to steal any plant, root, fruit or vegetable produce
- The property was growing in a garden, orchard, pleasure-ground, nursery-ground, hothouse, greenhouse or conservatory, and
- The property belonged to another
Defences to the charge include:
- Duress, and
- Claim of right, which means you genuinely believed you were legally entitled to the property
If you are going to court for Stealing Plants in Gardens, call Sydney Criminal Lawyers 24/7 on (02) 9261 8881 to arrange a free first conference with an experienced defence lawyer who will advise you of your options and the best way forward, and fight to secure the optimal outcome.
Read on for more information.
Section 520 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Stealing Plants in Gardens’ and reads as follows:
520 Stealing plants etc in gardens
Whosoever steals, or destroys, or damages with intent to steal, any plant, root, fruit, or vegetable produce, growing in any garden, orchard, pleasure-ground, nursery-ground, hothouse, greenhouse, or conservatory, shall, on conviction by the Local Court, be liable to imprisonment for six months, or to pay a fine of 5 penalty units, or both.
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