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CRIMES ACT 1958 - SECT 19

Offence to administer certain substances

S. 19(1) amended by Nos 49/1991 s. 119(1)
(Sch. 2 item 12), 48/1997
s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 16).

    (1)     A person who—

        (a)     without lawful excuse, administers to or causes to be taken by another person any substance which is capable, and which the first-mentioned person knows is capable, in the circumstances, of interfering substantially with the bodily functions of the other person; and

        (b)     knows that the other person has not consented to the administration or taking of the substance or is reckless as to whether or not the other person has so consented—

is guilty of an indictable offence.

Penalty:     Level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum).

    (2)     For the purposes of subsection (1)—

        (a)     a person is not to be taken to have consented to the administration or taking of a substance if, had the person known the likely consequences, the person would not be likely to have consented to the administration or taking; and

        (b)     a substance shall be taken to interfere substantially with bodily functions if the substance is capable of inducing unconsciousness or sleep.

S. 19A inserted by No. 19/1993 s. 3, amended by Nos 48/1997
s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 13), 46/2008 s. 272, repealed by No. 17/2015 s. 3.

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S. 20 substituted by No. 10233 s. 8(2), amended by Nos 49/1991 s. 119(1)
(Sch. 2 item 12), 48/1997
s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 14).



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