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Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969

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32 F1Interpretation.N.I.

(1)Sections 4(1) and 5(1) shall apply generally for purposes of this Act as they apply for purposes of section 1.

(2)For purposes of this Act—

(a)“enactment” means any statutory provision within the meaning of section 1( f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 [1954 c.33] ;

(b)“gain” and “loss” are to be construed as extending only to gain or loss in money or other property, but as extending to any such gain or loss whether temporary or permanent; and—

(i)“gain” includes a gain by keeping what one has, as well as a gain by getting what one has not; and

(ii)“loss” includes a loss by not getting what one might get, as well as a loss by parting with what one has;F2. . .

(c)“goods” includes money and every other description of property except land, and includes things severed from the land by stealing.[F2;and]

[F2(d)“mail bag” and “postal packet” have the meanings given by section 125(1) of the Postal Services Act 2000.]

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F2SI 2003/2908

33Commencement and transitional provisions.N.I.

(1)This Act shall come into force on the 1st August 1969 and, save as otherwise provided by this Act, shall have effect only in relation to offences wholly or partly committed on or after that date.

(2)Sections 26 and 27 shall apply in relation to proceedings for an offence committed before the commencement of this Act as they would apply in relation to proceedings for a corresponding offence under this Act, and shall so apply in place of any corresponding enactment repealed by this Act.

(3)Subject to subsection (2), no repeal or amendment by this Act of any enactment relating to procedure or evidence, or to the jurisdiction or powers of any court, or to the effect of a conviction, shall affect the operation of the enactment in relation to offences committed before the commencement of this Act or to proceedings for any such offence.

34Short title.N.I.

This Act may be cited as the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969.

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