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Stealing from Vessels in Port, or from Docks, Wharfs or Quays is an offence under Section 152 of the Crimes Act 1900, which carries a maximum penalty of 7 years in prison.
To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
‘Property’ encompasses every description of real and personal property including goods, chattels, money, valuable securities, debts, legacies, and deeds and instruments relating to, or evidencing title or right to, any property.
‘Vessel’ includes anything used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on, under or immediately above water.
Defences to the charge include:
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