Criminal Justice Act, 1951

Amendment of sections 51 and 52 of the Malicious Damage Act, 1861.

12.—(1) Section 51 of the Malicious Damage Act, 1861 , is hereby amended by the substitution of “fifty pounds” for “five pounds” and section 52 of the Act shall be construed accordingly.

(2) Where a person is convicted by the Court of an offence under section 52 of the Malicious Damage Act, 1861 ,—

(a) he shall be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds or, at the discretion of the Court, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months;

(b) the compensation which he may, if fined, be required to pay under the section may be of an amount not exceeding fifty pounds.

(3) Section 135 of the Grand Jury (Ireland) Act, 1836 , as extended by subsection (1) of section 5 of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898 , shall continue to have the like operation as it had before the passing of this Act.