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Criminal Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

Criminal Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (7th edn)

Jonathan Herring
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date: 01 December 2023

p. 495. Non-fatal offences against the personlocked

p. 495. Non-fatal offences against the personlocked

  • Jonathan HerringJonathan HerringProfessor of Law, Exeter College, University of Oxford


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter examines the five principal non-fatal offences against the person: assault and battery (the common assaults) and the offences under ss 47, 20, and 18 Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (OAPA). The victim’s consent may negate the offence, but whether or not it does depends to a great extent on the type of crime, what the victim knows, the extent of the harm which is caused, and matters of public policy. Stalking and harassment may amount to a crime in certain circumstances. Four of the principal assaults are aggravated if the crime committed is motivated by religious or racial hatred.

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