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CRIMES ACT 1900 - SECT 316
Concealing serious indictable offence
(1) If a person has committed a serious indictable offence and another person
who knows or believes that the offence has been committed and that he or she
has information which might be of material assistance in securing the
apprehension of the offender or the prosecution or conviction of the offender
for it fails without reasonable excuse to bring that information to the
attention of a member of the Police Force or other appropriate authority, that
other person is liable to imprisonment for 2 years.
(2) A person who
solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit for himself or herself or
any other person in consideration for doing anything that would be an offence
under subsection (1) is liable to imprisonment for 5 years.
(3) It is not an
offence against subsection (2) merely to solicit, accept or agree to accept
the making good of loss or injury caused by an offence or the making of
reasonable compensation for that loss or injury.
(4) A prosecution for an
offence against subsection (1) is not to be commenced against a person without
the approval of the Director of Public Prosecutions if the knowledge or belief
that an offence has been committed was formed or the information referred to
in the subsection was obtained by the person in the course of practising or
following a profession, calling or vocation prescribed by the regulations for
the purposes of this subsection.
(5) The regulations may prescribe a
profession, calling or vocation as referred to in subsection (4).
(6) In this
"serious indictable offence" does not include a child abuse offence (within
the meaning of section 316A).
Note : Concealing a child abuse offence is an
offence under section 316A. A section 316A offence can only be committed by an
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