Crimes Act 1961

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231A Entry onto agricultural land with intent to commit imprisonable offence


A person commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years if they enter onto any land used for agricultural purposes, without authority and with intent to commit an imprisonable offence relating to any building or structure, livestock, animal, or machinery on that land.


For the purpose of this section,—


entry onto land occurs as soon as any part of the body of the person entering onto the land, or any part of any instrument used by that person, is within the boundaries of the land; and


everyone who gains entry onto land by any threat or artifice used for that purpose is to be treated as having entered without authority.


Sections 232 and 233 apply to this section with any necessary modifications.


For the purpose of this section,—

agricultural purposes includes (without limitation) the farming of livestock or crops, horticulture (including growing fruit, berries, or vegetables), viticulture, bee-keeping, and forest cultivation

land does not include a building within the meaning given in section 231.

Section 231A: inserted, on 12 March 2019, by section 8 of the Crimes Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 4).