The offences of assault and battery

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The actus reus of assault is putting someone in fear of immediate, unlawful violence. An example of this is threatening someone.

In SMITH V CHIEF OF WOKING POLICE the defendant was staring at the victim through the window of a first story bedsit. It was argued as to if the victim was in fear of immediate unlawful violence as there was a glass barrier between the defendant and the victim. It was decided that it was assault as glass us easy to break.

In R V IRELAND the victim was receiving silent phone calls from the defendant which is a form of assault.

In READ V COKER the victim was told he would be attacked unless he…


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