This heading covers a number of sub-categories, including common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm (which mean some injury was caused); assault occasioning grievous bodily harm (serious harm was caused), and assaulting police.
It is a defence to a charge of assault if the complainant (often referred to as “victim”) consented to the striking, such as in a boxing match or fight, or if the defendant was acting in self-defence. In a charge of assault police, the officer must have been acting in the course of lawful duty. There are other defences available.
We have chosen the most common types of offences and give you a brief explanation of what is involved with each.
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