Section 149 Crimes Act 1900 | Stealing Property in a Dwelling-House with Menaces


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Most people would be aware that stealing is a criminal offence; however, the law specifies particular penalties for stealing in certain situations.

For example, section 149 of the Crimes Act deals with ‘stealing property in a dwelling house with menaces.’

This essentially refers to situations where you are alleged to have stolen items from a person’s home with menaces.

The law specifies heavy penalties where you threaten or menace a person inside the house in the course of stealing an item – in these cases, the maximum penalty is 14 years imprisonment.

A ‘menace’ generally refers to any express or implied threat which would cause an ordinary person to act unwillingly.

While these penalties may seem excessive, it is important to bear in mind that they are the absolute maximums. They will therefore only be imposed in the most serious cases.

Our criminal law experts have a wealth of experience defending all types of stealing matters and can assist you in avoiding these onerous penalties.

The Legislation

Section 149 of the Crimes Act 1900, which deals with Stealing Property in a Dwelling-House with Menaces, reads as follows:

149 Stealing Property in a Dwelling-House with Menaces

Whosoever steals any property in a dwelling-house, and uses thereafter any menace or threat to any person therein, shall be liable to imprisonment for fourteen years.

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