Richardson v. Director of Public Prosecutions, [2014] UKSC 8 (Eng.)

Judgment Given on 5 February 2014
Heard on 12 November 2013

This appeal concerns the proper ambit of the offence of aggravated trespass contrary to section 68 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (“the 1994 Act”). That section provides, so far as material:

“(1) A person commits the offence of aggravated trespass if he trespasses on land and, in relation to any lawful activity which persons are engaging in or are about to engage in on that or adjoining land, does there anything which is intended by him to have the effect—
(a) of intimidating those persons or any of them so as to deter them or any of them from engaging in that activity,
(b) of obstructing that activity, or
(c) of disrupting that activity…

(2) Activity on any occasion on the part of a person or persons on land is ‘lawful’ for the purposes of this section if he or they may engage in the activity on the land on that occasion without committing an offence or trespassing on the land…”