Assaulting a Crew Member on an Aircraft or Vessel is an offence under section 206 of the Crimes Act 1900, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
An ‘aircraft’ is any machine that can derive support in the atmosphere from the reactions of the air.
A ‘vessel’ is a water craft of any description that is capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
A ‘member of the crew’ is any person with functions or duties on board an aircraft or vessel.
Defences to the charge include:
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