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Sophie owns a small record shop called ‘Exiled Records’ that sells rare records. Kevin is one of her shop assistants, who works with Sophie on a pro-bono basis. Kevin quit his previous job as a supermarket attendant to take up his position at ‘Exiled Records’. Despite not getting paid, he prefers working at the record store, as he thinks working as a supermarket attendant is mindless and boring. Kevin is also a budding DJ, so he considers this an opportunity to sample rare records and to learn from the different DJs who frequent the store. Sophie is already an established DJ. She allows Kevin to borrow records and play them at home, on the condition that Kevin will always ask for her permission first.

On April 1st, Sophie was not at work, as she was DJ-ing in Dublin. Kevin opened the shop. Before closing he borrowed an extremely rare Nirvana record, containing previously unreleased tracks. He did not want to disturb Sophie when she was away, and in any case he assumed she would have no problem with him taking the record. He also thought Sophie would not miss the record since she did not take it with her to Dublin.

Sophie returned from Dublin at 8 o’clock in the evening of the 2nd of April. She was to play that night at an event in East London, celebrating Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She went into her shop to pick some records. The Nirvana record was one of them. Being unable to find it, and unable to locate Kevin, she called the police. The record was worth £1000. Sophie had to cancel her gig, as the Nirvana record formed the key part of her set-list, and without it she could not really do her act. Kevin returned the record the next day.

Consider Kevin’s criminal liability, adding critical comments where you think the law is unsatisfactory.

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Word count: 1250, with a 5% word margin either way.
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Footnotes count towards the word count but the bibliography does not.

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The main issue in this case study regards theft. Kevin is accused of stealing or appropriating Sophie’s Nirvana. The claimant alleges that the defendant apparently took a Nirvana system while she was away. The allegations were made after the plaintiff came back from her journey and did not find the stolen item. After making calls in search of the item, she made a report to the police and later filed a suit against the defendant at the prosecution office. Theft allegations are classified as criminal cases and only the prosecution can file a suit against the suspect. Therefore, the case is between the Republic and Kevin. Kevin will be charged under the UK’s Theft Act of 1968. The elements of theft are clearly outlined in section 1 of the Theft Act 1968. There must be an act of taking the property in question (actus reus), intention (motive or mens rea) of permanently appropriating the property and dishonesty should have motivated the motives.
In the UK, s. 1(1) The Theft Act 1968 provides that theft is established where there is an act of the accused to deceitfully appropriate property belonging to another entity with the aim of depriving the other of it permanently....

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