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ROBBERY & STEAL FROM PERSON
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ROBBERY & STEAL FROM PERSON

Robbery is an offence comprising of elements or larceny and assault to a person. It is a serious offence to rob or assault with intent to rob any person, or steal any chattel, money, or valuable security from the person of another. The offence is known as ‘Robbery or stealing from the person’. If you are found guilty of this offence, the maximum penalty for this charge is 14 years imprisonment. In order to be found guilty of this offence, the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:

Robbery:

  • you intended or planned to steal; and

  • you took property from another person’s immediate control, possession or presence; and

  • this was achieved by using violence or by putting the victim in fear.

Stealing from the person:

  • you stole any chattel, money, or valuable security; and

  • it was from the person of another.

In both situations, the prosecution will also need to prove that you were the person who committed the robbery / stealing from the person offence.

As with any criminal offence, the prosecution must prove all the elements of the offence beyond a reasonable doubt. If you have a defence available, the prosecution must negate that defence beyond reasonable doubt if the Court is to find you guilty. If you are charged with the offence or robbery, or any other offence constituting stealing, please contact KF Lawyers to arrange for a consultation to discuss potential defences and range of sentences that are available in your situation.

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