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R v Hunt [1977]

Facts

  • Hunt set fire to his flat with the intent to show the council that his flat’s fire alarms were defective

Issue

  • Did the fire constitute criminal damage or was there a lawful excuse?

Decision

  • Damage, no excuse, conviction upheld

Reasoning

  • An act done to protect property in immediate danger must be capable of protecting that property
  • Setting the property alight further damages it
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