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Criminal Law

Criminal Law (16th edn)

Michael Allen and Ian Edwards
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date: 18 July 2024

p. 51812. Offences under the Theft Acts 1968 and 1978: Theft and related offenceslocked

p. 51812. Offences under the Theft Acts 1968 and 1978: Theft and related offenceslocked

  • Michael J. Allen
  •  and Ian Edwards

Abstract

Course-focused and contextual, Criminal Law provides a succinct overview of the key areas on the law curriculum balanced with thought-provoking contextual discussion. This chapter discusses offences under the Theft Acts of 1968 and 1978. Theft and related offences are concerned with interferences with the rights and interests others have in property. The chapter covers each element of the offence of theft, robbery, and offences involving temporary deprivation. It discusses the meaning of ‘dishonesty’, including the Supreme Court’s decision in Ivey v Genting Casinos UK Ltd (2018), which held that the two-part Ghosh test for dishonesty no longer applies. The feature on ‘The law in context’ analyses critically the criminalisation of ‘freeganism’.

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