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Troughton v MPC [1987] Crim LR 138 Divisional Court of QBD

The appellant got in to a taxi and asked to be taken to Highbury but did not give a specific address. He was heavily intoxicated at the time. He got into an argument with the taxi driver accusing him of taking a detour. The taxi driver caked him the address of the location he wanted and the appellant refused to answer. The taxi driver took him to the nearest police station and he ran off. He was charged and convicted with making off without payment and appealed.

Held:

His conviction was quashed. He had not been taken to Highbury and therefore liability to make payment had not yet arisen.
 
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