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An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person) (S.C. 2013, c. 32)

Assented to 2013-06-26

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person)

S.C. 2013, c. 32

Assented to 2013-06-26

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person)

SUMMARY

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to prescribe a minimum punishment of five years when a kidnap victim is under sixteen years of age, unless the person who commits the offence is a parent, guardian or person having the lawful care or charge of the victim.

R.S., c. C-46

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

  •  (1) Subsection 279(1.1) of the Criminal Code is amended by striking out “and” at the end of paragraph (a.1) and by adding the following after that paragraph:

    • (a.2) if the person referred to in paragraph (1)(a), (b) or (c) is under 16 years of age, to imprisonment for life and, unless the person who commits the offence is a parent, guardian or person having the lawful care or charge of the person referred to in that paragraph, to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of five years; and

  • (2) Section 279 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (1.2):

    • Marginal note:Factors to consider

      (1.21) In imposing a sentence under paragraph (1.1)(a.2), the court shall take into account the age and vulnerability of the victim.

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