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Not Providing Wife, Child or Servant With Food

Assaults / Violence Offences – NSW

Welcome to the NSW Not providing wife, child or servant with food article page. Everything you need to know about Not providing wife, child or servant with food according to NSW law – Dated: 01/09/2009

What the Law States according to NSW Law for Not providing wife, child or servant with food

According to NSW Law for the charge of Not providing wife, child or servant with food:

The Maximum Penalty – Not providing wife, child or servant with food

According to NSW Law for the charge of Not providing wife, child or servant with food:

The Maximum penalty for the offence of Not Providing Wife, Child or Servant with Food is 5 years imprisonment.

What the Police must prove according to NSW Law for Not providing wife, child or servant with food

In order for the Police to prove their case at Court, they must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt.

  1. The accused was legally liable to provide food for the victim;
  2. The victim was the accused’s wife, child or an insane person;
  3. The accused neglected to provide necessary food to the victims, such that the victim’s life was or was likely to be endangered or victim’s health was or was likely to be seriously injured; and
  4. The acts of the accused were willful and without lawful excuse.

It will be necessary for the Police in every offence to prove that the accused was the person who committed the offence. Click here to learn more about identification evidence.

Possible Defences under NSW Law – Not providing wife, child or servant with food

Possible defences to this offence include but are not limited to:

  • Duress
  • Necessity
  • Self Defence

In NSW which court will hear the matter – Not providing wife, child or servant with food

This matter is a Table 1 offence which means that either the DPP or an accused can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.

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