Robbery AO1 - knowledge and understanding

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  • Created by: Amy Leech
  • Created on: 24-03-13 14:41

Robbery is equivalent to theft aggravated by use of threat or force. 

The offence comes under s.8 of the Theft Act 1968:

''a person is guilty of robbery if he steals,and immediently before or at the time of doing so, and in order to do so, he uses force on any person in fear of being then and there subjected to force''

The word 'steal' means 'theft' and there must be a completed theft in order for robbery to be charged. - Robinson

If force is used during theft, the robbery is complete at the moment of the theft - Corcoran v Anderton

The use of force is left to the jury to decide - Dawson and James, Clouden

Putting someone in 'fear' of force is sufficient for robbery. This includes threatening words such as ''i have a knife and…


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