The use of this word in the definition of the offence is intended to show that mens rea is required for the offence.

It is sometimes the case that the word 'knowingly' is included in the statutory definition of the offence.  The effect is to show that mens rea is required to be established for the charge to succeed. 

Knowledge would be relevant, for example, where it could be shown that in a potential theft situation the person taking the property had actual knowledge of the fact that the property belonged to someone else.

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