GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM

[2018] EWCA Crim 1926 [2018] EWCA Crim 1926

Sentences of three years, nine months’ imprisonment for an offender who pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, and four years, six months’ imprisonment for an offender who had been found guilty after trial for the same offence, were unduly lenient.

[2018] EWCA Crim 1985 [2018] EWCA Crim 1985

A sentence of six years and eight months’ imprisonment was appropriate in the case of an offender who had pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and attempted robbery. He had gone to the home of a vulnerable acquaintance and, in an incident lasting some 30 minutes, had threatened him with a knife, demanded money, and assaulted him, causing bruising and lacerations to his face and arm and a bleed to the brain.

[2018] EWCA Crim 1766 [2018] EWCA Crim 1766

A sentence of five years and four months’ imprisonment for two violent offences against a mother and her child was unduly lenient and was replaced by a term of seven?and?a?half years imprisonment where the aggravating features had not been properly taken into account, such as the fact that the assault had been committed against a child, that the victims had been forced to leave their home, that the offences had been committed under the influence of alcohol and that the accused had previous convictions for violence.

[2018] EWCA Crim 560 [2018] EWCA Crim 560

Body modification, such as the removal of an ear or nipple, or tongue splitting, performed on a consenting adult by a practitioner with no medical training or qualification, could not form an exception to the general rule in R. v Brown (Anthony Joseph) [1994] 1 A.C. 212 that consent was no defence to causing actual bodily harm or wounding. Even if Parliament or the Supreme Court revisited the general rule and adifferent line was drawn to allow consent to act as a defence to causing actual bodily harm and wounding, body modification caused really serious harm.

[2017] EWCA Crim 1869 [2017] EWCA Crim 1869

A sentence of nine years’ imprisonment was appropriate in the case of an offender who had been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after carrying out a sustained assault on his tenant.