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Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Assisting persons to absent themselves without permission

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270.—(1) A person commits an offence if—

(a)the person knows that another person (“P”) is, by virtue of this Act, liable to be detained in a place in circumstances amounting to a deprivation of liberty; and

(b)the person induces, or intentionally assists, P to absent himself or herself without permission from that place.

(2) A person commits an offence if—

(a)the person knows that another person (“P”) is, by virtue of this Act, liable to be detained in a place (“the relevant place”) in circumstances amounting to a deprivation of liberty;

(b)P has absented himself or herself without permission from the relevant place; and

(c)the person—

(i)allows P to live or stay with the person, knowing that P absented himself or herself without permission from the relevant place; or

(ii)gives P any assistance with the intention of preventing, delaying or interfering with P’s being returned to detention.

(3) A person commits an offence if—

(a)the person knows that another person (“P”) is, by virtue of this Act, liable to be detained in a place in circumstances amounting to a deprivation of liberty;

(b)P is being taken to that place; and

(c)the person induces, or intentionally assists, P to escape.

(4) In subsections (1) and (2) references to P absenting himself or herself without permission from a place where P is liable to be detained (“the relevant place”) include—

(a)P failing to return to the relevant place at the end of an occasion or period for which P was given permission to be absent, or on being recalled from a permitted absence; and

(b)P absenting himself or herself, without permission, from a place where P is required to be by conditions imposed on the grant of a permission for absence from the relevant place.

(5) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or a fine or both.

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