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Explanatory Memorandum to Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008

Article 35: Articles 32 and 33: exceptions for spouses and civil partners

7.83.This Article provides A with a defence to the offences under Articles 32 and 33 if he can prove that at the time of the act the child was aged 16 or over and he was lawfully married or a civil partner to the child.

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