What is the definition of theft?
"A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it..." (S1 TA 1968
Explain the element of actus reus, "appropriation"
Appropriation = "any assumption by a person of the rights of an owner...and this includes where he has come by the property (innocently or not) without stealing it, any later assumption of a right to it by keeping or dealing with it as the owner would"
* This can still occur with the owner's permission (R v Hinks)
* Lawrence v MPC
* R v Gomez