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Aggravated Sexual Intercourse with a Child Between 10 and 14 Years

Aggravated Sexual Intercourse with a Child Between 10 and 14 Years is an offence under section 66C(2) of the Crimes Act 1900, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You had sexual intercourse with a child aged between 10 and 14,
  2. You knew or were reckless as to whether the child was that age, or you had no reasonable grounds to believe the child was that age, and
  3. You did so in ‘circumstances of aggravation’.

‘Sexual intercourse’ is defined as:

  1. The penetration to any extent of a female’s genitalia, or the anus of any person, by any part of, or object used by, another person, or
  2. The introduction of a penis into the mouth of another person, or
  3. Cunnilingus, or
  4. The continuation of any of these activities.

‘Circumstances of aggravation’ are where:

  1. At the time of, or immediately before or after your conduct you intentionally or recklessly inflicted actual bodily harm on the complainant or another person present or nearby, or
  2. At the time of, or immediately before or after your conduct you threatened to inflict actual harm on the complainant, or another person present or nearby by means of an offensive weapon or instrument, or
  3. You were in the company of another person or persons, or
  4. The complainant was under your authority, or
  5. The complainant had a serious physical disability, or
  6. The complainant had a cognitive impairment, or
  7. You took advantage of the complainant being under the influence, or
  8. Before or after your conduct you deprived the complainant of his or her liberty, or
  9. You broke into a dwelling-house or other building intending to commit a ‘serious indictable offence’, which is an offence carrying a maximum penalty of at least 5 years in prison.

‘Actual bodily harm’ is that which is more than ‘transient or trifling’ and includes lasting scratches, bruises and abrasions.

You were ‘reckless’ if you foresaw the possibility of inflicting actual bodily harm but went ahead with your actions regardless.

An offensive weapon or instrument is:

  1. A dangerous weapon
  2. Anything made or adapted for offensive purposes, or
  3. Anything used, intended for use or threatened to be used for offensive purposes, even though it is not ordinarily used for such purposes or ordinarily capable of causing harm.

A ‘dangerous weapon’ is:

  1. A firearm or imitation firearm
  2. A prohibited weapon, or
  3. A spear gun

Duress is a defence to the charge.

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