S39 of Criminal Justice Act 1988 states:
- Summary Offence
- Max sentence- 6 months imprisonment or fine
- Common-law offence (not defined as act of parliament
R V Venna (1976)- provides definition "intentional or reckless causing of apprehension of immediate unlawful personal violence".
-AR of any assault is to make V fear unlawful force is going to be used on him/her
-NO force actually needed (can be raising a fist, pointing a gun)
-'Fear' interpretted to mean 'apprehension'
-Debated whether words can amount to assault.
-R V Wilson - Lord…