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Notional theft

  • 16-10-2010 11:09am
    Registered Users Posts: 244 ✭✭

    Hi there can someone explain to me the theory behind notional theft. (Stolen property)

    Smith and Hogan give an example about 4 people and a stolen car and i cant get my head around it.
    I always thought if you bought a stolen car and had no knowledge of it being stolen - that would be tough, you lose your money if caught. (no mens rea)??

    s 20(3) property ceases to be stolen after it has been restored to the person from whom it was stolen or to other lawful possession or custody.............

    So what is deemed lawful possession???

    Thanks in advance?