Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I borrowed a bike from my neighbour in an emergency. I later returned it. Is this larceny?

If you are charged with larceny the police must show that you took and carried away the personal goods of another with the intent of disposing of the goods without the consent of the other person.

Taking the property of another person without their consent such as a bike is larceny. It is no defence to a charge of larceny that you intended to return the property you took however it is a defence to larceny if you honestly believed the property belonged to you at the time you took the property.

If you were acting out of necessity in that you took the bike to take someone to the emergency department of the hospital, you may have a defence to a charge of larceny based on necessity.


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