Definition Of Wounding and GBH

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Wound and GBH s.18(with intent) and s.20(Recklessly or without intent)

s.18 "Whosoever shall unlawfully and maliciously by any means whatsoever wound or cause any grievous bodily harm to any person with intent to do some grievous bodily harm to any person with intent to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detainer of any person, shall be guilty of [and offence], and being convicted thereof shall be liable to imprisonment for life."

s.20"Whoever shall unlawfully and maliciously wound or inflict any grievous bodily harm upon another, either with or without any weapon or instrument, shall be guilty of an offence triable either way, and being convicted thereof shall be liable to imprisonment for five years."

The words broken down

"Wound" - To constitute a wound, the continuity of the skin must be broken. There are two layers of skin, and outer layer and an inner layer. it is not enough that the outer layer is broken if the inner layer remains intact. Purely internal bleeding will not suffice for a wound. In JCC v Eisenhower, the Divisional Court ruled that internal rupturing of blood vessels in the eye caused by an air pistol pellet was

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