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CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Offences against rights of property - Theft and offences resembling theft - Doctrine of recent possession

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8:34 AM  

Appeal by the accused, Farnsworth, from a conviction for possession of a vehicle obtained by fraud. An agreed statement of facts included an admission by the accused that police found him in possession of a vehicle and its keys, and that the vehicle had been fraudulently acquired from a rental car agency by a third party. The accused was convicted by a judge sitting alone. The trial judge found that the accused was in recent possession of the fraudulently obtained vehicle, and inferred from that fact...