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Robbery may involve a weapon

Robbery is the illegal acquiring of property from an individual or organisation without consent and is accompanied by force or threat of power.

Robbery (armed robbery) or may not involve a weapon (unarmed robbery).

What the Law Says - Section 77 of the Crimes Act 1958

(1) A person is guilty of aggravated burglary if he or she commits a burglary and-

(a) at the time has with him or her any firearm or imitation firearm, any offensive weapon or any explosive or imitation explosive; or

(b) at the time of entering the building or the part of the building a person was then present in the building or part of the building and he or she knew that a person was then so present or was reckless as to whether or not a person was then so present.

(1A) For the purposes of subsection (1)-

  • explosive means any article manufactured for the purpose of producing a practical effect by explosion, or intended by the person having it with him or her for that purpose; firearm has the same meaning as in the Firearms Act 1996;
  • imitation explosive means any article which might reasonably be taken to be or to contain an explosive;
  • imitation firearm means anything which has the appearance of being a firearm,whether capable of being discharged or not;
  • offensive weapon means any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to or incapacitating a person, or which the person having it with him or herintends or threatens to use for such a purpose.

(2) A person guilty of aggravated burglary is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to level 2 imprisonment (25 years maximum).

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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