Know the consequences
Joint enterprise is where two or more people plan to be involved a crime (i.e. taking property from a victim, causing criminal damage, theft of a motor vehicle etc) for a ‘common purpose’, in other words, if you knowingly help or encourage a crime to take place. Once the crime has been committed ALL people involved are criminally responsible for any offences committed by any other member of the group.
For example, the driver of a getaway car can be charged with robbery under joint enterprise even if somebody else actually committed the robbery.
Another example could be; if you and your friends get into a fight with another group, then in the fight one of your friends kills someone, you are in law, as guilty of murder as the person who actually killed someone (regardless of how they were killed) because you took part in the fight (Affray).
It is not enough defence to say that you did not touch the person / damage the property / steal the property. If you knew the crime was going to take place, unless you are able to prove that you did all that you possibly could to prevent it (e.g. call appropriate emergency services – police / fire / ambulance etc), you will still be seen as guilty in the eyes of the law.
This could ultimately result in being sentenced for murder, even if you did not go near the victim.
This can be anything from purpose-built weapons such as knives and guns or something like a glass bottle tha
has been smashed so that it can be used to hurt someone.
Although guns; including air weapons are classed as offensive weapons there are different laws that apply to them.
Lock, flick or butterfly knives, knuckledusters, sword sticks or daggers
Items that can be adapted to cause injury and therefore classed
as offensive weapons include
A broken bottle, bunch of keys, heavy object in sock, metal dog chain
Guns (including air weapons)
It is an offence to be in possession of any of the following in a public place:
If you are under 17:
For more information go to: https://www.gov.uk/find-out-if-i-can-buy-or-carry-a-knife
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