Crime CLXXI-Criminal Damage XI

In A (a Juvenile) v R (1978) the defendant spat on a policeman’s raincoat. There was a small mark on it but because the raincoat was subsequently sent for dry cleaning, the mark or the stain was barely visible and the prosecution was unable to use it as evidence to show that the defendant had caused criminal damage.

It was held that there was no criminal damage or the defendant’s action(s) did not cause any criminal damage because the spittle could easily be wiped off.

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