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Non Fatal Offences Against the Person

Non Fatal Offences Against the Person

Non-fatal offences against the person, under English law, are generally taken to mean offences which take the form of an attack directed at another person, that do not result in the death of any person. Offences against the person include minor forms of battery – any unlawful touching of another person, its complimentary offence, assault – causing the apprehension of a battery, even when one has not yet occurred, and various more serious offences which are based on assault and battery (together called "common assault"). This include assault occasioning actual bodily harm, where the victim suffers injuries such as bruising or skin abrasions (the converse being an injury that is "transient and trifling"); wounding (a piercing of all layers of the skin); and causing grievous bodily harm (injuries more serious than in actual bodily harm, for example broken bones.


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