Kidnapping charges are accompanied with other charges such as – threats to kill, threats to inflict serious injury, or assault. Usually people are charged with this offence when they detain or capture a person without their consent in return of ransom. Depending on the seriousness of the case, a court may sentence 14 to 25 years of imprisonment.
Offences may include:
- Abduction and detention for purpose of marriage or sexual penetration;
- Taking away a child under 16 for purpose of sexual penetration;
- Child stealing;
- Taking away a child;
- Kidnapping (for ransom or gain);
- Kidnapping; and
- False imprisonment.
If convicted for basic offence, a person is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.
If convicted for aggravated offence, a person is liable to imprisonment for 20 years.
If convicted for specially aggravated offence, a person convicted is liable to imprisonment for 25 years.