It is an offence for someone to assault any person occasioning him/her actual body harm.
Bodily harm has its ordinary meaning and has been defined as “any hurt which interferes with health or comfort but not to a considerable degree”. That said, it must be more than transient or trifling.
Defences to assault
Typical defences to assault include:
- It was an accident (as long as no malice was present);
- Consent (providing the activity is not illegal itself) or an honestly belief that consent has been given;
- Lawful sport;
- Lawful correction; and
- Self defence;