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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,
(d) 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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