Threatening to sabotage is an offence under section 203C 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:
A ‘threat’ may occur by words or conduct, may be explicit or implicit, may be conditional or unconditional, and may be to an individual or group.
It is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that the person to whom the threat was made, actually feared the threat would be carried out. An intended fear includes an intended apprehension.
A ‘public facility’ is any of the following, whether publicly or privately owned:
A ‘public place’ includes a place that is:
‘Economic loss’ includes the disruption of government functions or public facilities.
Defences to the charge include:
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