Outline the law relating to malicious wounding

The law relating to non-fatal offences against the person is to be found in the Offences against the Person Act 1861(OAP).

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The essay starts with malicious wounding or grievous bodily harm under Section 20 OAP 1861; the essay defines the offence and refers to the maximum punishment.

The essay then goes on to discuss the two aspects of the offence, namely, malicious wounding and the malicious infliction of grievous bodily harm; wounding and 'break in the continuity of the whole skin'; the required actus reus and mens rea including the word 'inflict'.

The essay mentions the cases of JJC (a minor) v Eisenhower (1984), DPP v Smith (1961), Saunders (1985) and Woolin (1998).

Malicious wounding or grievous bodily harm under Section 18 OAP 1861 is discussed along with the main differences; the required actus reus and mens rea is also mentioned; the matter of intention as well as the issue of 'foresight of consequences' is also raised.

Finally the essay introduces the problems with language and the views of the Law Commission.

 

 

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