Criminal Law Key Terms

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Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) - hurt or injury calculated to interfere with the health or comfort of the victim

Actus Reus - All the elements of a criminal offence except the accused's mental element.

Aggravated Burglary - commits any burglary and at the time has with him any firearm or imitation firearm, any weapon of offence, or any explosive

Appropriates - any assumption by a person of the rights of an owner amounts to an appropriation for the purpose of the offence of theft.

Assault - An act which causes another person to apprehend the infliction of immediate, unlawful, force on his person

Assault by Penetration - as for ****, but not oral; may be by any body part or anything else; must be sexual

Attempt - If a person does an act which is more than merely preparatory to the commission of the offence, he is guilty of attempting to commit the offence.

Battery - The application of an unlawful touch or violence on another

'Belonging To Another' - Property shall be regarded as belonging to any person having possession or control of it of it, or having in it any proprietary rights or interest

Blackmail - with a view to gain for himself or another or with intent to cause loss to another, he makes any unwarranted demand with menaces

Burglary - having entered any building or part of a building as a trespasser he steals or attempts to steal anything in the building or that part of it or inflicts or attempts to inflict on any person therein any grievous bodily harm.

Conspiracy - An agreement between two or more persons to…


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