Crime CCVIII-Theft XVI

As per section 4 (1) of the Theft Act 1968 what amounts to intangible property or otherwise depends on the facts. In Oxford v Moss (1979) the defendant was an engineering student who obtained a copy of an examination paper and returned it after reading through it. He was charged by the University for obtaining confidential information.

The magistrate dismissed the charges as not falling under section 4 (1) of the Theft Act 1968 and on appeal it was decided that while the taking of the examination paper was morally wrong or unbecoming of a student (civil engineer) who was about to enter a professional body it did not amount to theft.

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