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Criminal LawText, Cases, and Materials

Criminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (10th edn)

Jonathan Herring
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date: 04 June 2023

p. 5118. Theft, Handling, and Robberylocked

p. 5118. Theft, Handling, and Robberylocked

  • Jonathan HerringJonathan HerringProfessor of Law, Exeter College, Oxford


This chapter begins with a discussion of the law on theft, robbery, assault with intent to rob, handling stolen goods, and money laundering offences. Theft is committed where the defendant has dishonestly appropriated property belonging to another with the intention to deprive the other of it permanently. The offence of robbery involves the defendant using force at the time of, or immediately before, a theft. The offence is also committed where the defendant causes the victim to fear that force will be used but does not actually use force. The second part of the chapter focuses on the theory of theft, covering property offences; the debate over Gomez; the Hinks debate; temporary appropriation; dishonesty; robberies; and handling stolen goods.

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