What is arson?

by The Findlaw Team

Arson is a criminal offence described in s 267 and s 277 of the Crimes Act 1961.

Arson offences are divided into a number of categories. One of the most serious of the arson offences is where a danger to human live is likely as a result of damage to property by fire or explosive. This carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail.

Other types of arson offences deal with damage to property by fire or explosive, where the person committing the offence either has no interest in the property, or the damage was done with an intention to obtain a benefit or cause loss to another person.

Most of the arson offences contained in s 267 of the Crimes Act contain a requirement that the offence be committed either intentionally or recklessly. Another arson charge is intentionally damaging property by fire or explosive with a reckless disregard for the safety of other property.

An attempt to commit arson has a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.

The offence of arson is treated as a serious offence in New Zealand and any person found guilty of arson can potentially face a significant amount of time in prison.

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