I am writing to you because there is a great concern for the amount of Arson related crimes that are occurring within the state of Tasmania. Statistics show that more than half of Tasmania is above average in fires per year compared with all of the other states in Australia (Australian Bureau of Meteorology, 2015). Tightening the laws around Arson, will most definitely guarantee Tasmania to become more safe, harmonious and more equitable.
Arson is a growing crime in Tasmania which is often committed for things such as insurance fraud, Revenge, use of fire to attempt to conceal another crime and also pyromania (an obsessive …show more content…
not the accused, the fire was intended or not likely to cause damage or the fire was accidental.
Criminal Code 1924
Any person who unlawfully sets fire to any building, erection, or structure whatever, whether the same is completed or not, or to any stack or heap of cultivated vegetable produce, or of timber, or of mineral or vegetable fuel, or to any mine, or to any ship or vessel, whether completed or not, is guilty of a crime, which is called arson.
Charge: Arson. Maximum penalty: 21 Years or discretionary fine or both
269. Unlawfully setting fire to property
Any person who unlawfully sets fire to any property not comprised in section 268 or 268A is guilty of a crime.
Charge: Unlawfully setting fire to property. Maximum Penalty: 21 Years or discretionary fine or both
269A. Causing a fire with intent to injure person or property
A person who puts or places flammable or combustible material, or does any other act, in any place, for the purpose of causing a fire with intent to injure any person or property is guilty of a crime.
Charge: Causing a fire with intent to injure a person or property. Maximum Penalty: 21 Years or discretionary fine or both