1014. Harbouring a patient absent without leave.

1014.     Harbouring a patient absent without leave.

Any person who knowingly1 harbours a patient who is absent without leave2 or otherwise at large and liable to be retaken under the Mental Health Act 1983, 3or gives him any assistance with intent to prevent, hinder or interfere with his being taken into custody or returned to the hospital or other place where he ought to be, commits an offence4.

Any person who in England and Wales or Northern Ireland does anything in relation to a person whose detention in hospital5 is authorised by