Going to Court? Book Your Free First Appointment

Committing an Act to a Person With Intent to Murder

Committing an Act to a Person with Intent to Murder is an offence under Section 27 of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

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

  1. You administered poison or any other destructive thing to a person, or you otherwise caused such a substance to be taken by the person, or you wounded or caused grievous bodily harm to a person, and
  1. You intended by doing so to murder the person

‘Wound’ means to break both layers of the skin being the dermis and epidermis.

‘Grievous bodily harm’ means ‘really serious harm’ it includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Any permanent or serious disfigurement
  2. The destruction of a foetus, other than by a medical procedure, and
  3. Any grievous bodily disease

The offence carries a ‘standard non parole period’ of 10 years in prison which is a guidepost or reference point for the sentencing judge when determining the minimum term you must spend in prison before being eligible to apply for release on parole.

Defences to the charge include:

  1. Self defence
  2. Duress, and
  3. Necessity

What Our Clients Say SEE ALL

  • ★★★★★

    Happy with the outcome

    My lawyer Mehmet Yilmaz was great, was happy with the outcome.

  • ★★★★★

    He was very prompt with my matter and the after hours calls

    Wissam, a wonderful lawyer to have for my matter. He was very prompt with my…

  • ★★★★★

    Got me the best possible outcome, her knowledge and skills helped me a lot

    Coincidering my charges lawyer Karina got me the best possible outcome, her knowledge and skills…

  • ★★★★★

    Better than expected outcome

    Patrick performed well under unexpected time pressure today. I engaged Patrick's services to defend me…

Going to Court? Call For Your Free First Appointment