Crimes Act 1961

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71 Accessory after the fact


An accessory after the fact to an offence is one who, knowing any person to have been a party to the offence, receives, comforts, or assists that person or tampers with or actively suppresses any evidence against him or her, in order to enable him or her to escape after arrest or to avoid arrest or conviction.



Compare: 1908 No 32 s 92; Criminal Code (1954) s 23 (Canada)

Section 71(2): repealed, on 12 March 2019, by section 4 of the Crimes Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 4).