Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can consent be a defence to abduction?

Generally speaking, consent may not be used as a defence. In R v A [2000] 2 All ER 177; [2000] 1 Cr App R 418 at 182; 424 (CA), it was held that the “act or acts of the appellant must be an effective cause of the child accompanying him.” The English Court of Appeal reasoned that the child in the matter was not capable of consent due to their age. 

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