—(1) Any person who —
intentionally lays or causes to be laid a pipe or a gas fitting to connect with any gas pipeline or gas pipeline network belonging to or under the management or control of a gas transporter without the consent of the gas transporter;
dishonestly or fraudulently abstracts, uses or consumes any supply of gas; or
intentionally alters or tampers with any meter through which gas is supplied,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to both and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $250 for every day or part thereof during which the offence continues after conviction.
(2) Where any person is prosecuted for an offence under subsection (1)(c) —
the possession by him of any device for altering the index of any meter or for preventing any meter from duly registering the quantity of gas supplied;
the existence of any hole on the meter cover of any meter supplied by a gas licensee;
the existence of any damage to, removal of or change to the chemical composition of any paint or other chemical compound applied by a gas licensee over any screw, or other component or mechanism of any meter; or
the existence of any damage to the seal which is fastened to the outer cover of any meter to ensure that the cover is not removed, opened, dislodged or otherwise tampered with,
when the meter is in the custody or under the control of the person, shall be prima facie evidence that the person has altered or tampered with the meter.