CRIMES ACT 1914

Part III - Offences relating to the administration of justice  

Division 4 - Perverting the course of justice  

SECTION 44   COMPOUNDING OFFENCES  

44(1)  
A person (the first person ) commits an offence if:


(a) the first person:


(i) asks for, receives or obtains any property, or benefit, of any kind for himself or herself or another person; or

(ii) agrees to receive or to obtain any property, or benefit, of any kind for himself or herself or another person; and


(b) the first person does so upon an agreement or understanding that the first person will:


(i) compound or conceal an offence; or

(ii) abstain from, discontinue or delay a prosecution for an offence; or

(iii) withhold evidence of an offence; and


(c) the offence referred to in paragraph (b) is an indictable offence against a law of:


(i) the Commonwealth; or

(ii) a Territory.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 3 years.

44(2)  
Absolute liability applies to the paragraph (1)(c) element of the offence.

Note:

For absolute liability, see section 6.2 of the Criminal Code .




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