Assented to 2013-06-26
An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person)
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.
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
(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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