Damage Of Property

Damage of property

A person who intentionally or recklessly destroys and damages property belonging to another person will have committed a criminal offence:

  • The maximum penalty is imprisonment for 5 years.
  • If the destruction or damage is caused by means of fire or explosives, the imprisonment is for 10 years.
  • If the defendant is in the company of another person when the offence occurs, the maximum penalties increase to imprisonment for 6 years.
  • If the destruction or damage is caused by means of fire or explosives, th imprisonment is for 11 years. 

Offences relating to arson and intentionally causing a bushfire are particularly serious offences. Courts have observed that arson is very easy to commit, usually with destructive and tragic consequences. Courts often emphasise the importance of general deterrence in arson type cases.

It is an offence to intentionally cause a fire and to be reckless as to the spread of the fire to vegetation. The offence is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment, with a standard non-parole period of 5 years.

If you are charged with an offence, call us for a consultation.

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