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What is the definition of theft?

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"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

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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

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