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Making False Statements Concerning Contamination of Goods

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Welcome to the VIC Making false statements concerning contamination of goods article page. Everything you need to know about Making false statements concerning contamination of goods according to VIC law.

What the Law States according to VIC Law for Making false statements concerning contamination of goods

According to VIC Law for the charge of Making false statements concerning contamination of goods,

Crimes Act 1958 – SECT 251
Making false statements concerning contamination of goods with intent to cause, or being reckless as to whether it would cause, public alarm or economic loss

251. Making false statements concerning contamination of goods with intent to cause, or being reckless as to whether it would cause, public alarm or economic loss

(1) A person must not make a statement that the person believes to be false-

(a) with the intention of inducing the person to whom the statement is made or others to believe that goods have been contaminated; and

(b) with the intention of thereby causing, or being reckless as to whether or not the statement would cause-

(i) public alarm or anxiety; or

(ii) economic loss through public awareness of the statement.

Penalty: Level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum) or a level 5 fine (1200 penalty units maximum) or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section, making a statement includes conveying information by any means.

Note: Division 2B of Part 4 of the Sentencing Act 1991 provides for the making of cost recovery orders in respect of costs incurred by emergency service agencies in providing an immediate response to an emergency arising out of the commission of an offence against this section.

The Maximum Penalty – Making false statements concerning contamination of goods

According to VIC Law for the charge of Making false statements concerning contamination of goods, 10 years / 1200 penalty units.

What the Police must prove according to VIC Law for Making false statements concerning contamination of goods

(a) The accused knowingly and with the intent to cause public alarm and anxiety and or economic loss made a false statement concerning the contamination of goods.

Possible Defences under VIC Law – Making false statements concerning contamination of goods

(a) Factual dispute.
(b) Honest and reasonable mistake or belief.
(c) Lack of intent.

In VIC which court will hear the matter – Making false statements concerning contamination of goods

Magistrates’ Court

 

Date: 09/01/2009

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