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S1(1) Theft Act 1968- a person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belongting to another, with the intention of permanently depriving it.

Appropriation- S3- Any assumption by a person of the rights of an owner. This can be through selling/renting/destroying/consuming property etc.

Morris- swapping price labels in a shop was appropriation.

Lawrence v MPC- even though V consented, D was dishonest about the appropriation.

Hinks- appropriating a valid gift dishonestly can lead to appropriation.

S3(1)- covers situations where D has come across the property innocently (without stealing it), any appropriation of a right to it by keeping or dealing with it as the owner.

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Property-S4- S4(1)- money, real/personal/intangible property, things in action.

S4(2)- Land can be stolen in certain ways.

S4(3)- wild plants/flowers etc cannot be stolen, unless taken for commerical/sales purposes.

S4(4)- wild animals cannot be stolen unless they are tamed, kept in captivity or reduced to a person's possession.

Kelly and Lindsay- a corpse does not amount to property.

Welsh- Bodily fluids can be stolen.

Oxford v Moss- information cannot be stolen.

Akbar- D actually took exam papers, amounted to property.

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Belonging to another-S5-S5(1)- means having 'possession or control' of the property.

Turner- It is possible to steal your own property if it is under someone else's possession and control.

Williams v Phillips- Households threw out rubbish, still theirs until in possession of the council.

S5(3)- If D recieves property and is under legal obligation to use it in a particular way, that property will still be treated as belonging to the giver.

Davidge v Burnett- Money belonged to housemates, not to D.

S5(4)- If D recieves money by mistake and is under legal obligation to return it, that property still belongs to the party who made the mistake.

Att.G (No 1 of 1983)- under obligation return money to employer.

Gilks- Betting transactions do not create legal obligations.

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-S2(1)(a)-D is not dishonest if he belives he has a legal right to the property-Robinson.

S2(1)(b)- D believes the other party would have consented under the circumstances-Holden.

S2(1)(c)- D believes the owner cannot be discoevered even by taking reasonable steps-Small.

Ghosh test- Was D's act dishonest by the ordinary standards of reasonable and honest people? And did D realise this.

S2(2)- Even if you are willing to pay for the property, this does not mean you are acting honestly.

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Intending to permanently deprive-S6-Intention to treat the property as your own to dispose of (ie. deal with regardless of owners rights).

Lavender- Treated council's property as his own.

Velumyl- D didn't return the exact money.

Warner- D only borrowed the property. S6(2)- Borrowing does not count unless property kept for such time and in circumstances which make it equivalent to outright taking.

Lloyd-could amount to intention to permanently deprive if the 'goodness, virtue and value' has been taken away from the property.

Easom- conditional intent is sufficient intent.

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