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State Introduces Drink Spike Law

South Australia will become the first state to introduce a specific offence of drink spiking, which will carry a maximum penalty of two years in jail.
Premier Mike Rann said drink spiking was an abhorrent crime as well as a particularly stupid and nasty act.
The new offence will apply to anyone who, without permission, adds to another person's drink any drug, poison or traditional aphrodisiac which is likely to impair the consciousness or bodily function of the victim.
It will not be necessary for the victim to actually consume the drink or to be affected by the substance.
"In other words, it will be against the law to put any such substance into someone's drink without them knowing," Mr Rann said.
"Those malicious or stupid enough to even think about spiking another person's drink should also be aware that even greater penalties apply where death or serious harm occurs to the victim.
"Slipping a drug into someone's drink without them knowing could actually kill them if they have a pre-existing medical condition that makes them vulnerable to unprescribed and illicit drugs."
The government hopes to introduce legislation to provide for the drink spiking offence during the next session of state parliament which starts on Thursday.

AAP (24-4-2006)


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