A makes an attempt to pick the pocket of Z, by thrusting his hand into Z’s pocket. A fails in the attempt in consequence of Z’s having nothing in his pocket.

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Answer:

A is guilty of attempt to commit theft under Sec. 511.

  1. Attempt is the stage just before the completion of the crime in time and place.

 

  1. A’s thrusting of his hand into Z’s pocket is his attempt to theft.

 

  1. Here, if there was money in Z pocket. A would have picked the pocket of Z and the offence would be complete as soon as he takes the money from his pocket.

 

  1. On the contrary, as there was nothing in Z’s pocket A’s attempt to pick the pocket failed.

 

  1. Even though his attempt failed, he is liable for its attempt.

 

As there is no express provision for the punishment of attempt to theft, he is punishable under Sec. 511.

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