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Where is theft defined?

The charge against D must specify the property and the person to whom it is said to belong.


What does S 1(1) say

A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it’


What is S 1(2)

S 1(2) ‘It is immaterial whether the appropriation is made with a view to gain, or is made for the thief’s own benefit’


What is the AR of theft?

Appropriation (s.3); Of property (S.4); belonging to another (s.5)


What is the MR of theft?

Dishonesty (s.2); intention permanently to deprive (s.6).


How could apparition be defined?

Appropriation could have been construed as implying a mental as well as a physical element, but the courts prefer the simpler view that appropriation is an objective description of the act done, the fault in which is supplied by the element of dishonesty- ‘dishonest appropriation’ thus distils the essential wrongdoing in a theft case. This has been the case since the first HL decisions in Lawrence 1972, and Gomez 1993 and further supported in Hinks.