R, Regina v: CACD 16 Jan 2008

Appeal from termination ruling – offence alleged against the respondent of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence – whether the mere request by the respondent to someone to look for a young girl of 12 or 13 with whom he could indulge in sexual activity amounts to an offence under section 14
Held: ‘the section introduces an offence which amounted to something more than and wider than a criminal attempt under the Criminal Attempts Act 1981. Were it not so, there would be no purpose in introducing an offence under section 14. In relation to offences under sections 9 to 13 the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 would have served that purpose.’ and ‘ the defendant need do no more than ask. If that request had been accepted the full offence was committed. ‘

Moses LJ
[2008] EWCA Crim 619, [2009] 1 WLR 713, [2008] 2 Cr App Rep 38,
Cite as: [2009] 1 WLR 713, [2008] EWCA Crim 619, [2008] 2 Cr App R 38, [2008] 2 Cr App Rep 38, [2009] WLR 713,
Criminal Justice Act 2003 58(7), Sexual Offences Act 2003 14
England and Wales


Updated: 12 November 2021; Ref: scu.270451