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Causing injury intentionally or recklessly

A person who, without lawful excuse, intentionally or recklessly causes injury to another person is guilty of an indictable offence.

Penalty:     If the injury was caused intentionally—level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum);

If the injury was caused recklessly—level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum).

Notes to s. 18 inserted by No. 69/2014 s. 8(5), amended by No. 28/2016 s. 6(4).


1     Section 10AA(4) of the Sentencing Act 1991 requires that a term of imprisonment of not less than 6 months be imposed for an offence against section 18 if a victim is an emergency worker on duty or a custodial officer on duty unless the court finds under section 10A of that Act that a special reason exists.

2         If a court makes a finding under section 10A of the Sentencing Act 1991 that a special reason exists, the requirements of section 10AA(4) of that Act do not apply and the court has full sentencing discretion.

S. 19 substituted by No. 10233 s. 8(2).

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