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Free NIE Questions

1) Dale and Hill are directors and only shareholders of Acme Builders, a small company. The company bank account requires them both to sign all company cheques. The company is solvent and the bank account is in credit. Hill has a gambling addiction and runs up a lot of debt. He writes a company cheque payable to himself and signs it. He presents it at his bank and the money is paid into his personal account, despite there being only one signature on the company cheque.

With regards to Hill’s criminal liability, which of the following statements is correct?

A. Hill commits an offence of theft of the credit balance of the company

B. Hill does not commit an offence because the cheques were invalid and the company will not lose

C. Hill does not commit an offence because as a director and share holder he owns the money in the bank so it does not ‘belong to another’.

D. Hill does not commit and offence of theft but commits and offence of forgery of the cheque

 


 

2) Dr Black is found murdered at Tudor Hall his stately home. He has apparently been bludgeoned to death with a piece of lead piping whilst he was in the conservatory. After an exhaustive investigation during which a number of other suspects were interviewed and eliminated, Professor Plumb is accused and subsequently convicted of the murder. The judge says Professor Plumb must serve a minimum of twenty years imprisonment before being considered for parole. The lead piping was a key exhibit in the trial.

How long must the piece of lead piping be retained by the police?

A. The exhibit can be disposed of as soon as the trial ends

B. The exhibit can be disposed of after the time limit for any appeal passes

C. The exhibit can be disposed of after twenty years

D. The exhibit can be disposed of when Professor Plumb is released from prison

 


 

3) Standish breaks into a corner shop and takes packets of cigarettes. As he climbs out of the window with the stolen goods PC Conway s waiting and tells him he is under arrest. Standish punches PC Conway in the face. Standish’s intention is to cause Conway only sufficient injury in order that he can escape. However the punch actually fractures the officer’s skull.

Does Standish commit an offence of causing GBH with intent contrary to s18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861?

A. Yes. Standish intended to resist arrest and therefore the offence is made out.

B. No. Standish did not intend to cause grievous bodily harm therefore he only commits and offence contrary to s20 Offences Against The Person Act 1861

C. Yes. Standish intends to injure PC Conway and fractures his skull therefore the offence is made out.

D. No. Standish has no intention to cause serious injury therefore he only commits an offence contrary to s47 Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

 


 

4) Lottie is a peace campaigner and she has carried out a protest outside her local town hall for a number of years. She has constructed a makeshift dwelling from sheets of hardboard in which she sleeps. One evening Wilson, a member of a right wing party, who is walking home from the pub decides to sneak into Lottie’s abode and upset her by grabbing her breasts. He crawls into the makeshift dwelling but Lottie is awake and screams. Wilson is arrested by a passing police officer.

In relation to a possible offence of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence which of the following statements is correct?

A. The makeshift dwelling is a building and the offence can be committed in these circumstances

B. The makeshift dwelling is temporary in nature and therefore not a building and therefore the offence cannot be committed.

C. The makeshift dwelling is a premises for the purposes of this section and the offence can be committed in these circumstances

D. The makeshift dwelling is temporary in nature and therefore not a premises for the purposes of this section and the offence cannot be committed in these circumstances

 

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