Trespass to the Person - Battery

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  • Lord Holt LJ "The least touching of another in anger."
    • Is there a requirement of hostility?
      • YES - Wilson v Pringle
      • NO - Collins v Wilcock
        • contact must not be generally acceptable in the course of everyday life
          • Spitting IS a battery - R v Cotesworth
          • Tone rinse without permission = battery - Nash v Sheen
          • Operating without consent = battery - Airedale NHS Trust v Bland
          • Bumping someone on a bus will not usually amount to battery - Cole v Turner
    • Consent is usually a complete defence
      • Contrast R v Brown and R v Wilson


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