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CRIMES ACT 1900 - SECT 19B
Mandatory life sentences for murder of police officers
19B Mandatory life sentences for murder of police officers
(1) A court is to impose a sentence of imprisonment for life for the murder of
a police officer if the murder was committed:
(a) while the police officer was
executing his or her duty, or
(b) as a consequence of, or in retaliation for,
actions undertaken by that or any other police officer in the execution of his
or her duty, and if the person convicted of the murder:
(c) knew or ought
reasonably to have known that the person killed was a police officer, and
intended to kill the police officer or was engaged in criminal activity that
risked serious harm to police officers.
(2) A person sentenced to
imprisonment for life under this section is to serve the sentence for the term
of the person's natural life.
(3) This section does not apply to a person
convicted of murder:
(a) if the person was under the age of 18 years at the
time the murder was committed, or
(b) if the person had a significant
cognitive impairment at that time (not being a temporary self-induced
(4) If this section requires a person to be sentenced to
imprisonment for life, nothing in section 21 (or any other provision) of the
Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 or in any other Act or law authorises a
court to impose a lesser or alternative sentence.
(5) Nothing in this section
affects the obligation of a court to impose a sentence of imprisonment for
life on a person convicted of murder in accordance with section 61 of the
Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 .
(6) Nothing in this section affects
the prerogative of mercy.
(7) This section applies to offences committed
after the commencement of this section.
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