Assualt ocassioning actual bodily harm is charged when someone is injured or their body is harmed in some way. The injury or bodily harm could be as little as a red mark or a scratch and as serious as a fractured cheek-bone.

Anyone who assaults another person and causes injury or bodily harm, can be liable to 5 years’ imprisonment. If this occurs in the presence of another person, then the offence is “aggravated” and the defendant may then be liable to 7 years’ imprisonment.

However the court has the option to impose a range of sentences including but not limited to:

  • Dismissing the matter without conviction
  • Imposing a fine
  • Issuing a good behaviour bond
  • Community Service Order
  • Suspended Sentence
  • Intensive Correction Order
  • Home detention
  • Imprisonment (Jail)
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