It is an offence to destroy or damage another persons’ property without their permission. This is the case if you intentionally or recklessly damaged the property.
An example of intentional destruction of property could be if you were to take a person’s mobile phone and throw it on the ground with the intention of breaking it.
An example of reckless destruction of property could be if you were to take a person’s mobile phone and throw it over a fence, it landed on the pavement and broke. It may not have been your intention to break the phone but you should have known that doing that action would likely result in damage to the phone.
This is generally a matter which is dealt with in the Local Court where maximum of 2 years full-time imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $2,200.00, $5,500.00 or $11,000.00 can be imposed depending on the value of the goods destroyed.
These offences can also be dealt with in the District Court on indictment where a maximum of 5 years full-time imprisonment can apply.