The Scales of Justice: Know the Law.

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The Scales of Justice is a new feature by the LBC NEWS CENTER that seeks to inform persons on the laws of Jamaica. This and every Wenesday we will be publishing information about the laws of Jamaica or any important piece of Legislation been debated in the Nations Parliament.  


KNOW THE LAW: THE LARCENY ACT.


So you have in your possession a crowbar, picklock, hammer, key or other implement for housebreaking.

[1] Did you know that under Section 42 (2) of the Larceny Act 1942, as amended, that it is an offence to have house-breaking implements in your possession between 6pm – 6am? If convicted you can face up to 10 years imprisonment at hard labour.

 

[2] Did you know that having your face disguised or blackened intending to commit an offence under the provisions of Section 42 (3) of the Larceny Act can lead to a term of 10 years imprisonment at hard labour if convicted?

 

[3] Did you know that assisting, abetting, counselling or commanding a person who has committed larceny is an offence under Section. 57 and if convicted
you will face the same prison sentence as the principal offender?

 

[4] However under Section 58 a wife CANNOT be charged as an accessory to larceny committed by her husband even if she knows that he committed
the theft.

 

N.B. Please note that larceny is the same as theft within the meaning of the Larceny Act 1942.

 

If you have any questions regarding the Laws of Jamaica, email us at news@lbcnewsjm.com, and our Resident legal contributor Andria D. Whyte Walters will provide you with answers to your queries.

 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:
The above LEGAL INFORMATION is applicable to the jurisdiction of Jamaica and is in no way intended to be relied on as legal advice. Andria D. Whyte Walters is NOT AN ATTORNEY and does not provide legal advice. information provided should not be construed as legal advice to be applied to any specific factual situation. If you require legal advice please consult an Attorney-At-Law.
Andria D. Whyte Walters, JP, LLB (Hons.)

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