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Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II OFFENCES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND NUISANCE

Part III OTHER OFFENCES

Part IV VAGRANCY

Part V TOUTING

Part VI FRAUDULENT POSSESSION OF PROPERTY

Part VII MISCELLANEOUS

Legislative History

 
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PART IV
VAGRANCY
Interpretation of this Part
25.  For the purposes of this Part, “place of public resort”, “public place” and expressions of similar meaning shall be deemed to include every estate, factory or place in which 10 or more workmen are employed.
Disorderly or indecent behaviour by prostitutes
26.  Every common prostitute wandering in any public road or place of public resort and behaving in a disorderly or indecent manner shall be deemed to be an idle and disorderly person within the meaning of this Part and shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month.
[10/89]
Rogues and vagabonds
27.
—(1)  Every person —
(a)
committing any of the offences mentioned in section 26, after having been previously convicted as an idle and disorderly person;
(b)
pretending or professing to tell fortunes in any manner which causes or is likely to cause a public nuisance, or using any subtle craft, means or device, by palmistry or otherwise, to deceive and impose upon any person;
(c)
wilfully exposing to view, in any street, road, highway or public place, any obscene print, picture or other indecent exhibition;
(d)
wilfully, openly, lewdly and obscenely exposing his person in any street, road or public highway, or in the view thereof, or in any place of public resort, with intent to insult any female;
(e)
going about as a gatherer or collector of alms, or endeavouring to procure charitable contributions of any nature or kind, under any false or fraudulent pretence;
(f)
having in his possession without lawful excuse any instrument or material with intent to commit any offence;
(g)
being found in or upon any dwelling-house, or premises for the custody of property, or in any enclosed yard, garden or area, for any unlawful purpose; or
(h)
arrested as an idle and disorderly person who violently resists arrest and being subsequently convicted of the offence for which he was arrested,
shall be deemed to be a rogue and vagabond within the meaning of this Part and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.
[10/89; 12/96]
(2)  Every suspected person or reputed thief, frequenting or loitering in or about any river, canal or navigable stream, dock or basin, or any quay, wharf or warehouse near or adjoining thereto, or any street, highway or avenue leading thereto, or any place of public resort, or any avenue leading thereto, or any street, highway or place adjacent thereto, or in any highway or any place adjacent to a street or highway, with intent to commit a seizable and non-bailable offence, shall be deemed to be a rogue and vagabond within the meaning of this Part and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.
(3)  In proving the intent referred to in subsection (2), it shall not be necessary to show that the person suspected was guilty of any particular act or acts tending to show his purpose or intent, and he may be convicted if, from the circumstances of the case, and from his known character as proved to the court, it appears that his intent was to commit a seizable and non-bailable offence.
Appearing nude in public or private place
27A.
—(1)  Any person who appears nude —
(a)
in a public place; or
(b)
in a private place and is exposed to public view,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.
[12/96]
(2)  For the purpose of this section, the reference to a person appearing nude includes a person who is clad in such a manner as to offend against public decency or order.
[12/96]
(3)  Where an offence under this section is committed in a private place, it shall be lawful for a police officer to enter the private place without the authority of the owner or occupier of the private place to effect the arrest of the offender.
[12/96]
(4)  In effecting entry under subsection (3), it shall be lawful for a police officer to use such force as may be necessary to enter the private place.
[12/96]
Any person may arrest offender
28.  It shall be lawful for any person whatsoever to arrest any person found offending against this Part and to deliver him to any police officer.
Search of conveyance or goods of person arrested
29.  Any police officer or other person arresting any person charged with being an idle and disorderly person, or a rogue and vagabond, may take any vehicle or goods in the possession of that person as well as that person before a police officer to be searched in the presence of the police officer.
[21/73]
Search of premises for idle and disorderly person and rogue and vagabond
30.  A Magistrate before whom information has been duly sworn that any person described to be an idle and disorderly person, or a rogue and vagabond, is or is reasonably suspected to be harboured or concealed in any hotel, boarding-house, lodging-house or eating-house, may authorise any police officer to enter at any time into any such hotel, boarding-house, lodging-house or eating-house and to arrest every such idle and disorderly person, rogue and vagabond as shall be found therein.
Magistrate may take recognizances for good behaviour in certain cases
31.  It shall be lawful for any Magistrate before whom any person is convicted under this Part to call upon the person convicted to execute a bond with sureties for his good behaviour in lieu of being punished but he shall not so call upon any person who has been convicted for the second time of being a rogue and vagabond.