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Stealing a motor vehicle or vessel is an offence under section 154F of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison
To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
An attempt to steal is sufficient to for the purposes of the offence
A ‘motor vehicle’ is:
A ‘vessel’ is:
A water craft of any description used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
A defence to the charge is having a ‘claim of right’ over the property which means you genuinely believed you were legally entitled to the property
Duress and necessity are also defences to the charge
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