Attorney General v Christopher Farnan and Others

Judgment Date01 January 1933
Date01 January 1933
CourtCentral Criminal Court (Ireland)
[C. Crim. Ct., I.F.S.]
Christopher Farnan and Others

Receiving money - Money received in form different to that in which it was stolen - Larceny Act, 1916, s. 33 (1) - Evidence -Evidence of accomplice - Evidence of accomplice's wife - Corroboration - Necessity of warning to jury as to danger of convicting without corroboration - Duress - Verdict that crime was committed under duress - Whether tantamount to verdict of "not guilty."

Section 33 (1) of the Larceny Act, 1916, provides: —"Every person who receives any property knowing the same to have been stolen or obtained in any way whatsoever under circumstances which amount to felony or misdemeanour shall be guilty of an offence . . ." Where a quantity of coined silver was stolen and the only evidence against one of the persons charged with receiving the stolen money was that he had received a number of bank notes for which part of the silver had been exchanged. Held, that the evidence was not sufficient to establish an offence under the section. When a person accused of an offence gives evidence against other persons charged with the...

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