Discharge Missile to Endanger Person or Property
Discharging a missile translates to throwing an object at someone or something and by that action placing a person in danger, injuring them or damaging property.
Whether you should plead not guilty or plead guilty depends on an assessment of the circumstances surrounding the charge.
Sentencing in the Magistrates’ Courts of Australia
What is the legal definition of Discharge Missile to Endanger Person or Property?Any person who throws or discharges a stone arrow or other missile to the injury of or danger to any person or damage to any property shall be guilty of an offence.
Penalty: 25 penalty units or imprisonment for six months or both.
Examples of Discharge Missile to Endanger Person or Property
- An argument occurs at a sporting match between the supporters of opposition clubs. This results in a fight where objects are thrown from one group to the other.
- You are with a group of friends and throw an object which hits a vehicle. There are people nearby and the vehicle is damaged.
LegislationThis offence is governed by section 7(g) of the Summary Offences Act 1966.
Elements of the offenceThe prosecution must prove:
- That the accused threw or discharged a stone arrow or other missile; and
- As a result of this action, caused the injury of, or danger to any person or damage to any property.
Questions in cases like this
- I was just part of the group, can I still be charged with this?
- How was someone placed in danger?
- What evidence shows that I was involved in this incident?
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge
The offence of Discharge Missile to Endanger Person or Property (s7(g) of the Summary Offences Act 1966) carries a fine of 25 penalty units (currently $4,029.75), six months imprisonment or both in more significant cases.