Destroying or damaging property.
Section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 creates an offence of destroying or damaging any property belonging to another person, whether intentionally or recklessly, without lawful excuse.
The law also stipulates that whether the property belongs to the person or to another, intending to destroy or damage any property or being reckless as to whether any property would be destroyed or damage; and intending by the destruction or damage to endanger the life of another or being recklessly as to whether the life of another would be thereby endangered, commits an offence.
Threats to destroy or damage property.
Destruction or damage does not have to exist to be considered an offence. A person who without lawful excuse makes to another a threat to destroy or damage any property belonging to other or a third party, or to destroy or damage his/her own property in a way which he knows is likely to endanger the life of the other or third person shall be guilty of an offence.
Possessing anything with intent to destroy or damage property.
A person who has anything in his custody or under his control intending without lawful excuse to use it or cause or permit another to use it—
(a)to destroy or damage any property belonging to some other person; or
(b)to destroy or damage his own or the user’s property in a way which he knows is likely to endanger the life of some other person;
shall be guilty of an offence.
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What is the penalty for criminal damage?
Does it matter that the damage made was not permanent?
I was drinking when I committed the offence, can I claim I was drunk?