Following the death of 19-month-old Skye Sassine in Sydney in 2010 new laws were introduced. Skye died when the vehicle in which she was travelling was hit by a man leading police on a high-speed pursuit. Following this tragic death, there were calls for tougher penalties on people who lead police on dangerous pursuits. These new laws became known as “Skye’s Law”.
Under Section 51B of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) it is an offence to:
“drive a motor vehicle negligently, recklessly or at a speed or in a manner that is dangerous to any person in order to escape pursuit by a police officer or to cause a police officer to engage in a pursuit”.
For offenders of Police Pursuit, the maximum penalties are:
(a) in the case of a first offence–imprisonment for 3 years, or
(b) in the case of an offence on a second or subsequent occasion–imprisonment for 5 years.
Please note that the penalties mentioned are reserved for the worse case offending.
Police Pursuit being a criminal offence, the burden of proof lies on the Prosecution. The prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:
While building up a case against Police Pursuit charges, the following defences can be put up in your favor:
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