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Aiding a Suicide

Aiding a Suicide is an offence under Section 31C of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you aided or abetted the suicide or attempted suicide of another person.

Alternatively, a 5 year maximum penalty applies where the prosecution proves beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You incited or counselled another person to commit suicide, and
  2. The other person committed or attempted to commit suicide as a consequence

Defences to the charge include:

  1. Self defence, and
  2. Duress

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