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BACK TO CASE LAW SELECTIONNational Coal Board v Gamble Bainbridge DPP for Northern Ireland vs Maxwell 
Mens Rea of Secondary Participation
An operator of a weightbridge who was employed by the National Coal Board, knew a lorry was overweight and issued it a ticket. The board was convicted as a secondary participant to the alleged offence of using a motorised vehicle whilst over weight on the
The defendant had been out to buy oxygen cutting equipment on behalf of others. The defendant knew that the people he was buying the equipment for were going to be using it for criminal purposes, although he did not know the exact details.
The defendant had guided terrorists in Northern Ireland to a local pub. Although he did not know exactly, he knew that some sort of attack was going to take place.
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