Section 20

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What does maliciously mean?

Intent to kill

Recklessly (Cunningham) - Not what lay people would expect

What does "grevious" mean?

Serious - (Smith/Saunders)

What is the max sentence?

5yrs

What does inflict mean?

Cause (Burstow)

Why has this word caused confusion?

It implies physical contact

Do the actus reus and mens rea correspond?

NO - D did not foresee serius injury just some harm (Parmenter)

Reform

Draft Bill 1998

Clause 2 recklessly causing serious injury replaces S.20…

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