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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.

Penalty:     Level 2 imprisonment (25 years maximum).

Note to s. 197A inserted by No. 65/2016 s. 20(19).


An offence against this section is a category 2 offence under the Sentencing Act 1991 . See subsection (2H) of section 5 of that Act for the requirement to impose a custodial order for this offence unless the circumstances set out in paragraphs (a) to (e) of that subsection exist.

S. 198 repealed by No. 9228 s. 2(1)(c), new s. 198 inserted by No. 9228 s. 2(1)(d), amended by Nos 49/1991 s. 119(1)
(Sch. 2 item 51), 48/1997
s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 71).

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