CRIMES ACT 1914 – SECT 36A Intimidation of witnesses etc.

CRIMES ACT 1914 – SECT 36A Intimidation of witnesses etc.

             (1)  A person (the first person ) commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the first person:

                              (i)  threatens, intimidates or restrains another person; or

                             (ii)  uses violence to, or inflicts an injury on, another person; or

                            (iii)  causes or procures violence, damage, loss or disadvantage to another person; or

                            (iv)  causes or procures the punishment of another person; and

                     (b)  the first person does so on account of the other person having appeared, or being about to appear, as a witness in a judicial proceeding; and

                     (c)  the judicial proceeding is a federal judicial proceeding.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 5 years.

             (2)  Absolute liability applies to the paragraph (1)(c) element of the offence.

Note:          For absolute liability, see section 6.2 of the Criminal Code .

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