Theft Act 1968
- Dishonest appropriation of property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving another of it.
- MR = dishonest / intent
Appropriation = easy to prove = assuming the rights of an owner
Morris = ANY RIGHTS
Hinks = Consent of the owner is irrelevant / You can appropriate a gift.
No theft if you accidentally come across property = no dishonest intent to deprive. However, dishonest appropriation occurs if you later decide to steal the property.
Real property = land and things attached
Personal Property = things you can touch that aren't land.
Things in action = debt
Theft part 2
Things you can't steal:
Confidential info - Oxford v Moss
Electricity - Lowe and Blease
Bodies - Kelly and Lindsay
Bank accounts IN CREDIT = things in action = property! If you're account is overdrawn and you physically take money from the ATM, that's theft - Poland
Belonging to another: they must have either
Possession - Turner No 2
or Control - Rostron and Collinson