The weapon can be many things, not necessarily a gun or knife – blood filled syringes may be used, a replica firearm, baseball bat, axe for example. The weapon does not have to be used during the incident – the statute says armed robbery is “while armed with a dangerous weapon” – but the complainant must submit to the theft because of fear that the weapon will be used.
Many features are taken into account when sentencing for aggravated robbery including the weapon used, the vulnerability of the victim, whether the crime was planned, whether there was actual use of force, the number of offenders, the amount taken and the effect on the complainant. It is a serious offence, with a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.
We have chosen the most common types of offences and give you a brief explanation of what is involved with each.
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