For many years prosecutors have sought to shoe-horn all sorts of offences into the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA 2002) so they can benefit from the lower mens rea of suspicion.

Alex Stein, a barrister at No 5 Chambers, advises that the judgment in Pace v R is another fairly strong nudge to prosecutors to stop using POCA 2002 offences where other offences more accurately fit the facts of the case. 

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Alex Stein was interviewed by Kate Beaumont. This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Crime on 3 March 2014. Click here for a free 24h trial of Lexis®PSL.