Criminal Damage

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  • Criminal Damage Act 1971
    • Actus Reus: 'This consists of destroying or damaging property belonging to another'
    • 'Belonging to another'- this offence cannot be committed if you damage your own property
      • Smith-conviction quashed because the offence cannot be committed if they generally believe the property belongs to them
    • Definition s1(1): 'A person without lawful excuse destroys or damages property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage .
    • Mens Rea-'if a person unlawfully damages property belonging to another, either intentionally or recklessly


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