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Criminal Law

Criminal Law (10th edn)

Nicola Padfield
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date: 26 March 2023

p. 2599. Crimes of non-fatal violencelocked

p. 2599. Crimes of non-fatal violencelocked

  • Nicola PadfieldNicola PadfieldBencher of the Middle Temple; Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge


Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise, and reliable guides for students at all levels. This chapter covers threats, harassment, administering poison, treason, and terrorism and torture, noting that updating the Offences against the Person Act (OAPA) is important for non-fatal violence. The offences in the OAPA include many inconsistencies, including the wounding or causing grievous bodily harm with intent, reckless infliction of grievous bodily harm or wounding, reckless assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and assault and battery now governed by Criminal Justice Act 1988. A common assault is the intentional or reckless causing of an apprehension of immediate unlawful personal violence. The new offences of racially aggravated assaults have been presented by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Many proposals for reform are needed in the Draft Criminal Code followed by Law Commission No. 218 Legislating the Criminal Code: Offences against the Person and General Principles.

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