In R v Denton (1981) an employee of a company set fire to the business premises on the instructions of the owner causing damages to the amount of £40,000. The business was in financial difficulty and the employer had hinted that there was nothing like a good fire to get the business on its feet again i.e. the fire was set in order to obtain an insurance payout or as part of an attempt to perpetrate fraud. The employee was arrested and charged under the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
It was held that despite the fact that the employee had set fire to the premises, he was not guilty because he was either instructed to set fire to the property or persuaded to do so by the owners.
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