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Actual Bodily Harm
Section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 provides:
"Whosoever shall be convicted on indictment of any assault occasioning actual bodily harm
shall be ........ (liable to punishment)."


The actus reus of Actual Bodily Harm
There are two elements:
(i) an assault or a battery…

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However, Hobhouse LJ made it clear that, although abh does include psychiatric injury, it
does not extend to states of mind such as fear or distress or panic unless these are evidence
of some identifiable clinical condition.



The mens rea of actual bodily harm
The mens rea is intention or…

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