Law - Non Fatals - Battery

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1. What happened in Thomas 1985?

  • Rubbing of a girl's skirt was held to amount to a battery
  • Officer took hold of her arm to prevent her from leaving. She became abusive and stratched the officers arm. Not guilty. Officer did battery, she used self defence
  • D put an iron bar across an exit and shouted fire
  • Slightest touch without the V's permission will suffice for a battery
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2. What happened in DPP v Santana

  • Didn't tell the officer that he had needles in his pocket, she was injured by one.
  • D punched a woman in the face causing her baby to fall out of her arms. Wouldn't have dropped the baby if he didn't punch her.
  • Slightest touch without the V's permission will suffice for a battery
  • Officer took hold of her arm to prevent her from leaving. She became abusive and stratched the officers arm. Not guilty. Officer did battery, she used self defence

3. What happened in Latimer?

  • Didn't tell the officer that he had needles in his pocket, she was injured by one.
  • D intentionally went to hit A with his belt, but the belt rebounded and accidently hit B
  • Officer took hold of her arm to prevent her from leaving. She became abusive and stratched the officers arm. Not guilty. Officer did battery, she used self defence
  • Slightest touch without the V's permission will suffice for a battery

4. What happened in Haystead 2000?

  • D punched a woman in the face causing her baby to fall out of her arms. Wouldn't have dropped the baby if he didn't punch her.
  • Slightest touch without the V's permission will suffice for a battery
  • Officer took hold of her arm to prevent her from leaving. She became abusive and stratched the officers arm. Not guilty. Officer did battery, she used self defence
  • Didn't tell the officer that he had needles in his pocket, she was injured by one.

5. What does 'Force' mean?

  • Does not have to mean force, a touch would suffice.
  • It is inflicted immediately

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