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Throwing Things At A Sporting Event

Public Order Offences – QLD

Welcome to the QLD Throwing Things At A Sporting Event article page. Everything you need to know about Throwing Things At A Sporting Event according to QLD law – Dated: 09/01/2009

What the Law States according to QLD Law for Throwing Things At A Sporting Event

According to QLD Law for the charge of Throwing Things At A Sporting Event:

Sections 24 of the Summary Offences Act Queensland states:

(1) A person at a sporting event must not throw or propel an object that may

  1. injure a person; or
  2. damage property; or
  3. disrupt the event.

Subsection (1) does not apply to a person actually participating in a sporting event who throws or propels an object the person ordinarily throws or propels as part of the sporting event.

It also does not apply to a person who is a spectator at a sporting event who returns an object ordinarily used in the sporting event to a person actually participating in the sporting event in a way not intended to contravene subsection (1).

The Maximum Penalty – Throwing Things At A Sporting Event

According to QLD Law for the charge of Throwing Things At A Sporting Event:

The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

What the Police must prove according to QLD Law for Throwing Things At A Sporting Event

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 person threw or propelled the object.
  2. The thing thrown may have injured, damaged or disrupted the event.

It will be necessary for the Police in every offence to prove that the accused was the person who committed the offence.

Possible Defences under QLD Law – Throwing Things At A Sporting Event

Possible defences to this offence include but are not limited to

  1. The person did not throw or propel the object.
  2. The thing thrown did not injure, damage or disrupt the event.
  3. Identification i.e. not the accused
  4. No reasonable person could have foreseen that the thing thrown would have caused injury, damage or disrupt the event.

In QLD which court will hear the matter – Throwing Things At A Sporting Event

This matter is a simple offence which means it is dealt with in the Magistrates Court.

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