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Threat to distribute intimate image

    (1)     A person (A) commits an offence if—

        (a)     A makes to another person (B) a threat to distribute an intimate image depicting B or another person; and

        (b)     the distribution of the image would be contrary to community standards of acceptable conduct; and

        (c)     A intends that B will believe, or believes that B will probably believe, that A will carry out the threat.

    (2)     A person who commits an offence against subsection (1) is liable to 3 years imprisonment.

    (3)     For the purposes of subsection (1), a threat may be—

        (a)     made by words or conduct; and

        (b)     explicit or implicit.


A mistaken but honest belief that the distribution of the intimate image would not be contrary to community standards of acceptable conduct is not a defence to this offence—see section 53V.

S. 53U inserted by No. 38/2022 s. 22.

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