- David OrmerodDavid OrmerodProfessor of Criminal Justice, University College London, Barrister, Bencher of Middle Temple, Door Tenant at Red Lion Chambers
- and Karl LairdKarl LairdStipendiary Lecturer and Tutor in Law, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, Barrister, 6KBW College Hill
The principal offences of damage to property are governed by the Criminal Damage Act 1971. Under s 1(1), a person commits an offence if he, without lawful excuse, destroys or damages any property belonging to another with the intention to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether the property will be destroyed or damaged. This chapter deals with offences of damage to property and their mens rea, along with destroying or damaging property with intent to endanger life, arson, racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage, threats to destroy or damage property, possession offences, kindred offences and mode of trial and sentence for those guilty of offences of damage to property.