Non fatal offences – causing or inflicting psychiatric injury


This recording considers the following problem question:

Jack and Jill were engaged to be married when Jill decided she no longer wished to see Jack. He was extremely angry and, over the course of the next few months, he made a number of telephone calls to her during which he did not speak. As a result of these calls, Jill suffered a psychological breakdown.

Discuss Jack’s criminal liability.

The question raises issues concerning liability for the offences of ‘causing grievous bodily harm with intent’ and ‘maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm’ and contrary to sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, respectively.

Lecturer: Norman Baird

Duration: 9 minutes (approximately).

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