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Placing Explosives

Placing Explosives is an offence under Section 48 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:

  1. You caused an explosive to be placed in or near a building, vehicle, vessel, train or other conveyance, or a public place, and
  2. You intended by doing so to cause bodily harm to any person

An explosion does not need to have occurred nor any person injured.

A ‘public place’ includes areas that are publicly owned as well as privately owned property that is open to members of the public such as:

  1. Restaurants, pubs and clubs
  2. Shopping centres and shops, and
  3. Sporting venues and cinemas

Defences to the charge include:

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

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