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Arson Causing Death

Murder / Manslaughter Offences – VIC

Welcome to the VIC Arson causing death article page. Everything you need to know about Arson causing death according to VIC law.

What the Law States according to VIC Law for Arson causing death

According to VIC Law for the charge of Arson causing death,

Crimes Act 1958 – SECT 197A
Arson causing death

197A. Arson causing death

A person who commits arson as defined in section 197 and thereby causes the death of another person is guilty of an indictable offence.

The Maximum Penalty – Arson causing death

According to VIC Law for the charge of Arson causing death, The maximum penalty for a charge of arson causing death is 25 years imprisonment.

The charge of arson causing death is defined as a significant offence. Significant offences are a new category of offences introduced to the Sentencing Act 1991 by the Sentencing Further Amendment Act 2011. Offenders who commit a significant offence on or after 1 May 2011 will no longer be eligible for a suspended sentence in any of the Courts.

What the Police must prove according to VIC Law for Arson causing death

1. Damage of property
2. That it was damaged by fire
3. That the damage to the property by fire caused the death of another person

Possible Defences under VIC Law – Arson causing death

1. No intent to start fire
2. Factual dispute
3. Duress
4. Necessity

In VIC which court will hear the matter – Arson causing death

The charge of arson causing death is heard in the County Court.

 

Date: 09/01/2009

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