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CRIMES ACT 1958 - SECT 250

Threatening to contaminate goods with intent to cause, or being reckless as to whether it would cause, public alarm or economic loss

S. 250(1) amended by No. 66/2005 s. 4(2)(a).

    (1)     A person must not make a threat that goods will be contaminated with the intention of causing, or being reckless as to whether or not the threat would cause—

S. 250(1)(a) amended by No. 66/2005 s. 4(2)(b).

        (a)     public alarm or anxiety; or

S. 250(1)(b) amended by No. 66/2005 s. 4(2)(a)(b).

        (b)     economic loss through public awareness of the threat.

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, a threat may be made by any conduct, and may be explicit or implicit and conditional or unconditional.

Note to s. 250 inserted by No. 80/2001 s. 7(2).


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.

S. 251 (Heading) inserted by No. 66/2005 s. 5(1).

New s. 251 inserted by No. 65/1998 s. 5.

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