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R v Dawson and James [1976] 64 Cr App R 150

One of the defendants nudged a man so as to make it easier for the other defendant to take his wallet from his pocket. The jury convicted both of robbery and they appealed contending that nudging fell short of using force.

Held:

Convictions upheld. The word force is to be given its ordinary meaning and requires no direction to the jury. The jury were entitled to find that force had been used.
 
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