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Section and Penalty

Sec 267 (1) (a) CA61

14 Years Imp

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Ingredients for Sec 267(1)(a)

Intentionally
OR
Recklessly

Damages by Fire
OR
Damages by means of explosive

Any Property

If he or she knows or ought to know danger to life is likely to ensue

3

Intentionally

In a criminal law context there are two specific types of intention in an offence. Firstly there must be an intention to commit the act and secondly, an intention to get a specific result.

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Recklessly

R v Harney

R v Harney

Reckless means the conscious and deliberate taking of an unjustified risk. In NZ it involves proof that the consequence complained of could well happen together with an intention to continue the course of conduct regardless of risk.

5

Damages by Fire

Although fire damage will often involve burning or charring, it is not necessary that the property is actually set alight; melting, blistering of paint or significant smoke damage may be sufficient.

6

R v Archer

Property may be damaged if it suffers permanent or temporary physical harm or permanent or temporary impairment of its use or value.

7

Explosive

Sec. 2 Arms Act 1983

Any substance or mixture or combination of substances which in its normal state is capable either of decomposition at such rapid rate as to result in an explosion or of producing a pyrotechnic effect,Includes: gun powder, gelignite, detonators

Does Not Include: Firearms, fireworks

8

Property

Sec 2 Crimes Act 1961

Property includes any real and personal property and any estate or interest in any real or personal property, money, electricity and any debt and any thing in action and any other right or interest.

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If he or she knows or ought to know

Knowledge

Simester and Brookbanks: Principles of Criminal Law

Knowing means knowing or correctly believing. The defendant may believe something wrongly but can not know something that is false.

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That danger to life is likely to ensue

Danger to life

Life in this context means human life, and the danger must be to the life of someone other than the defendant.