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Possessing a Stolen Cattle Carcass

Possessing a Stolen Cattle Carcass is an offence under Section 502 of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison.

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

  1. You possessed the carcass or skin of cattle
  2. The cattle was stolen or reasonably suspected of being stolen, and
  3. There is reasonable cause to believe you dishonestly obtained the property

You are not guilty if you are able to satisfy the court ‘on the balance of probabilities’ that you obtained the property without any knowledge, or any reasonable ground to suspect, that it was stolen.

Other defences to the charge include:

  1. Duress, and
  2. Claim of right, which means you genuinely believed you were legally entitled to the property

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