s.20 Grievous Bodily Harm


s20 of the offences against the person act

Actus reus - Wounding or grievous bodily harm (GBH)

-Wounding is when the D's actions break both layers of the V's skin (Belfon)

- GBH was said to be 'really serious harm' (Smith) but then changed to 'serious harm' (Saunders)

- GBH can refer to:

Psychiatric injuries (Burstow)

Transmitting diseases such as HIV without informing the V before (Dica)

Serious bruising to a baby as a baby is fragile (Bollom)

Broken bone


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