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My brother was arrested for arson yesterday, apparently he a

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My brother was arrested for arson yesterday , apparently he burnt a girl friend's ID, can he be sentenced for that ?
JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?
Customer: South Africa, yesterday
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: he was taken by the police, that all I know
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: that's all I know
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: South Africa Law
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Hi, I am still waiting for an answer
Expert:  Freddie Lombard replied 12 days ago.

Good afternoon,
Thank you for your question. I will try to assist you in answering it today but please feel free to ask as many follow up questions as you like until you are 100% satisfied.

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The legal definition of arson is:

"Arson is the unlawful and intentional setting fire to an immovable property belonging to another."

An ID is not immovable property, and thus he cannot be charged with arson (or at least he cannot be successfully prosecute on a charge of arson).

He can however be charged and prosecuted for malicious damage to property, which is defined as followes:

"It consists of unlawfully and intentionally damaging the property of another."

In order to be found guilty of this charge, the prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that your brother (i) unlawfully (without permission or consent) and (ii) intentionally (with the intention to damage or destroy) (iii) the property of another (in other words something belonging to someone else - not his own).

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Expert:  Freddie Lombard replied 10 days ago.

Did you receive my answer?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
thanks. He was released by "free bail" and his hearing will be on 24 January 2017.
Expert:  Freddie Lombard replied 9 days ago.

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Kind regards