What is robbery?
Robbery refers to the forceful taking of property. It is a crime under section 94 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). It occurs when there is:
- An intent to steal,
- A threat or use of force which puts another person in fear, and
- Property is taken from that person.
Other types of robbery offences under Part 4 of the Crimes Act include robbery in company, robbery with wounding, and armed robbery. There are also aggravated forms of robbery, for example, when physical violence is used.
Robbery in its simplest form has a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.
The maximum penalties for other forms of robbery range from 20 to 25 years imprisonment. The courts regularly impose a prison sentence for all types of robbery offences.