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Inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm / Malicious Wounding
Under S20 of The Offences Against The Person Act 1861 is the offence of inflicting
grievous bodily harm or maliciously wounding.
(a) The actus reus a Section 20 offence

The actus reus of this offence can be either grievous bodily harm or wounding.…

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C (a minor) v Eisenhower (1983)
The defendant hit the victim in the eye with a pellet from an air rifle, rupturing a blood vessel
and causing internal bleeding, but not breaking the skin. The offence of wounding had not
therefore been committed.


(b) The mens rea of a Section…

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