Interfere with Corpse of a Human being
– section 34B of the Crimes Act 1958
Interfere with Corpse of a Human Being is when someone either does something sexually to a corpse or takes away body parts from a corpse.
- A man breaks into a Mortuary and has sex with the corpse of a woman.
- A woman digs up the grave of her husband and removes his body parts to bury in her backyard.
- You did not interfere with a corpse.
- You did not intentionally interfere with a corpse.
- The interference was for the purposes of a medical or scientific procedure.
Questions in cases like this
- Did you interfere with a corpse?
- Can they prove you interfered with a corpse?
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this chargeThe maximum penalty for this offence is level 6 imprisonment (5 years).
This charge may be heard in the Magistrates’ Court or the County Court.
The section that covers this offence is section 34B of the Crimes Act 1958
What is the legal definition of Interfere with Corpse of a Human Being?The Prosecution must show that the accused interfered with or committed an indecent act with the corpse of a human being, or the accused removed body parts from the corpse of a human being.
“Did you do something to a corpse?”