Cause Injury by Gunpowder and/or Possess

An offence that causes bodily injury with gunpowder is where a person used either gunpowder or other substance, such as a corrosive fluid, or destructive matter and that substance or matter caused the victim to be burned, maimed, disfigured, disabled or to suffer grievous bodily harm.



Injury by Gunpowder is found in Section 46 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) which states:

“Whosoever intentionally or recklessly by the explosion of gunpowder or other substance, or the use of any corrosive fluid, or destructive matter, burns maims disfigures disables, or does grievous bodily harm to, any person, shall be liable to imprisonment for 25 years”.

Plus, the possession of the same with intent is also an offence at Section 55 which states:

“Whosoever knowingly has in his or her possession, or makes, or manufactures, any gunpowder, explosive substance, or dangerous or noxious thing, or any machine, engine, instrument, or thing--

(a) with intent by means thereof to injure, or otherwise commit a serious indictable offence against the person of any one, or

(b) for the purpose of enabling another person to injure, or otherwise commit a serious indictable offence against the person of any one,

shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years.



Causing Injury with Gunpowder can be punished with an imprisonment sentence of about 25 years.

Please note that the penalties mentioned are in the worse case offending and are unlikely to be the penalty you might receive.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a Cause bodily injury with gunpowder charge:

  • Full-time Imprisonment;
  • An Intensive Correction Order (ICO);
  • A Community Correction Order (CCO);
  • A Conditional Release Order (CRO).



Cause bodily injury with gunpowder offence is a criminal offence, the burden of proof lies on the Prosecution. The must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • You used either gunpowder or other substance, corrosive fluid, or destructive matter; and
  • It caused the victim to be burned, maimed, disfigured, disabled or suffer grievous bodily harm; and
  • The act of the accused was done maliciously; and
  • That you were the person who committed the crime that caused bodily injury with gunpowder offence.



Some of the possible defences available for those charged with Cause bodily injury with gunpowder include;

  • If you were compelled to act a certain way due to the circumstances, or the threats of another you may be able to argue “Duress”;
  • If your actions were necessary to prevent the occurrence of a greater harm, you may have the defence of “Necessity”;
  • If you were defending yourself or another OR yours or another’s property, you may use a Defence of Self-Defence. While many people might misunderstand what the limits of Self-defence can be, it is simply outlined in section 418 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), however, there is lawful authority to argue self-defence even in situations where “Pre-Emptive Force” is used. Moreover, at times there “No duties or need to retreat”.



For Cause Bodily Injury with Gunpowder, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® offers the following options:

  1. We initiate negotiation with prosecutors (police) (a term referred to as “plea negotiations”) and plead to withdrawal or downgrade of the charge or alternatively, seek amendments to the police fact sheets or documents.
  2. At the hearing/trial, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® shall if you so instruct Plead Not Guilty and drive the argument based on prosecution’s inability to prove the elements of their accusation.
  3. Alternatively, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® may plead guilty on your instructions however, the hearing shall revolve around the facts with an objective to obtain a moderate or minimum punishment.
  4. Lastly, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® on your instructions enter a plea of guilt where you accept all the charges pressed by the police, but we present a case so solid on your behalf, with an objective to persuade and convince the Court to not record a criminal conviction against you.

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