Forbes secure acquittal of defendant charged with assaulting Duty Manager

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25 February, 2020

Craig Mackenzie, a Criminal Defence and Regulatory solicitor at Forbes, recently secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with assaulting a Duty Manager at Iceland stores.

He argued during the trial that the actions of the Duty Manager who had detained the defendant as a suspected shoplifter were unlawful and in fact constituted an assault on him. As a result, the defendent was entitled to use reasonable force to get away.

The Court agreed and he was found not guilty.

This case highlights the potential difficulties business owners can face when dealing with such situations.

What is your Loss Prevention Policy?

Would your staff members forcibly detain suspected shoplifters?

What are the legal consequences of doing so?

To speak to a member of our commercial team contact John Pickervance on 0333 207 1130.

To speak to a member of our employment team contact Emma Swan on 0333 207 1130.

For more information contact Craig MacKenzie in our Crime department via email or phone on 01772 220022. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.

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