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Inchoate Offences Notes

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Criminal: Inchoate Offences Introduction

- Inchoate offence: d. takes some steps towards commission of crime - no need for offence to take place. inchoate: unfinished, undeveloped (inchoatus: begun). 3 types of inchoate offence: (continuum - 1 can lead onto another).

1. encouraging or assisting crime (incitement) - (not examinable).

2. conspiracy to commit a crime.

3. attempt to commit a crime. N.B. always identify specific offence conspired/attempted etc.

Statutory Conspiracy

- Conspiracy: common law + statutory offence.

1. statutory conspiracy: s1 Criminal Law Act 1977.

2. common law conspiracy: to defraud; corrupt public morals; outrage public decency.

- Statutory conspiracy: s1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977. s1(1): d. agrees with any other person(s) that a course of conduct shall be pursued which, if the agreement is carried out in accordance with their intentions, either - s1(1)(a): will necessarily amount to or involve the commission of any offence, or s1(1)(b): would do so but for existence of facts which render commission offence impossible.

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