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take the most expensive mobile phones without being seen and sell them on eBay
afterwards. They also agree to take knives to scare away anyone who might disturb
them. Lazlo knows that Simon stabbed a security guard last year in a burglary that
went wrong, but Simon assures him that nothing like this will happen this time.
The day before the date they have chosen to execute their plan, Lazlo asks Roberta
to drive them to the store, but Roberta refuses. Lazlo knows that Roberta is an illegal
immigrant liable to prosecution and deportation from the UK. He threatens to report
her to the police. Lazlo also tells her that he will ‘beat her up’, should she refuse to
help out. Roberta is pregnant and she is worried that any assault may cause a
miscarriage. Given the circumstances, she feels she has no choice but to agree to
drive Lazlo and Simon in her van the next day.
Inside the shop, as Lazlo and Simon each pick up a phone on the shelf, Geoffrey, the
security guard, approaches them. Simon is scared and he stabs Geoffrey in the chest.
Geoffrey dies almost instantly. Leaving the phones behind, Lazlo and Simon run out
of the shop.
Advise Lazlo, Simon and Roberta on their liability, if any, for criminal offences –
including the relevance of any criminal defences.
Look at the various Theft act offences
Look at accomplice liability
Look at defences of duress