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Extortion with Threats to Kill

– section 27 of the Crimes Act 1958

Extortion with Threats to Kill

Extortion with Threats to Kill is when you demand something from someone else and you threaten to kill them if they do not meet your demand.

Examples of Extortion with Threats to Kill
  • A drug dealer demands payment from a user and threatens to kill him if he does not pay.
  • A man blackmails another man and demands secret information. If he doesn’t receive the information he says he will kill the other man.
What are some of the possible defences to a charge of Extortion with Threats to Kill?
  • You did not make any demands.
  • You did not threaten to kill anyone.

There are other possible defences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Questions in cases like this
  • Can they prove that you made any demands?
  • Can they prove you threatened to kill someone?

Maximum penalty and Court that deals with this charge

The maximum penalty for this offence is level 4 imprisonment (15 years).

This charge can be heard in the Magistrates’ or County Court.

“Can they prove you threatened to kill someone?”
What is the legal definition of Extortion with Threats to Kill?

A person makes a demand of another person accompanied by a threat to kill the other person or endanger their life if the demand is not met.

Legislation

The section that covers this offence is section 27 of the Crimes Act 1958.1

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?

You could receive a prison sentence if found guilty for this charge as it is very serious.

Other Important Resources

 


[1] Crimes Act 1958 – Section 27

A person who makes a demand of another person—
(a) with a threat to kill or inflict injury on a person (other than the offender or an accomplice of the offender); or
(b) with a threat in circumstances where, if the threat were carried out, the life of a person (other than the offender or an accomplice of the offender) would be endangered—
is guilty of an indictable offence.
Penalty: Level 4 imprisonment (15 years maximum).