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Setting Traps to Kill

Setting traps to kill is an unusual offence that is rarely heard before the Courts. One can expect for it to result in a prison term whenever found guilty.

This is a strictly indictable charge which would be heard in the County Court.

To prove this charge, the Prosecution must show that the accused set a trap or device with the intention of killing another person, or that it was done recklessly as to whether or not another person would be killed.

Defences to this could be a factual dispute, a lack of intent, and/or mental impairment.

Deciding on whether to plead guilty or not has important implications for you and should be made after proper discussions with a criminal lawyer.

This is legislation that comes from section 25 of the Crimes Act 1958.


Further information on Setting Traps to Kill

Possible Defences

In a Setting Traps to Kill case, the following defences may be applicable to the charge:


What penalties can be imposed for a charge of Setting Traps to Kill?

  • Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
  • Fine
  • Community Corrections Order
  • Suspended Prison Sentence
  • Term of Imprisonment


What is the legislation for the charge of Setting Traps to Kill?

The legislation for this offence can be found on section 25 of Crimes Act 1958.

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Need further legal advice on this charge?
Contact one of our barristers specialising in cases of Setting Traps to Kill, Shane Pascoe.