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The Law of Robbery

The Law of Robbery

The offence of robbery is covered under s.8 of the Theft Act 1968. It is a form of aggravated theft as it involves both the offence of theft and a force or threat of force against a person. The maximum sentence for robbery is life imprisonment.

Actus reus:

The actus reus of robbery is when a person uses force or threats of force on any person immediately before or at the time of stealing. It is a requirement that all elements of theft are established. Theft is established as soon as appropriation has taken place.

Mens rea :

The defendant must have the mens rea of theft which is being dishonest and intentionally aiming to permanently deprive another person.

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