Crime CCII-Theft X

When the defendant mistakenly receives money for honest work and then later decides to keep it, the defendant’s act of appropriating the funds would not amount to theft. In Moynes v Cooper (1956), the defendant mistakenly received an additional £7 in his pay-packet and after taking the pay-packet home he realized that he’d been given an extra £7 and made up his mind to keep it.

It was decided that the defendant’s actions did not amount to theft because he’d honestly taken his wages and was not dishonest or had no intentions of being dishonest at the time he received his pay-packet or his wages.

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