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(p. 404) 15. Inchoate offences 

(p. 404) 15. Inchoate offences
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(p. 404) 15. Inchoate offences
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Nicola Monaghan

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10.1093/he/9780198753278.003.0015
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date: 22 October 2019

Without assuming prior legal knowledge, books in the Directions series introduce and guide readers through key points of law and legal debate. Questions, diagrams, and exercises help readers to engage fully with each subject and check their understanding as they progress. This chapter deals with liability for inchoate offences. ‘Inchoate’ means incomplete or undeveloped. Where, for whatever reason, the full criminal offence is not committed, the defendant may still be liable for an inchoate offence. Traditionally, there were three types of inchoate offence: incitement, conspiracy, and attempt. However, recent reforms by the Serious Crime Act 2007 have abolished the common law offence of incitement and replaced it with three new offences related to encouraging or assisting crime. These are intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence; encouraging or assisting an offence believing it will be committed; and encouraging or assisting offences believing one or more will be committed.

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