In New South Wales, ‘Reckless Grievous Bodily Harm or
Wounding’ is a serious criminal offence that is defined under section 35
of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). Reckless GBH or Wounding occurs when a person
wounds another person (that is, causes a break in the continuity of the skin)
and does so recklessly, meaning they are aware of the risk of harm but go ahead
with their actions anyway.
The maximum penalty for Reckless Wounding is 7 years
imprisonment, but the actual penalty imposed will depend on the circumstances
of the offence and the offender’s criminal history. If the wounding was
committed in company with another person, the maximum penalty increases to 10
Examples of conduct that could lead to a charge of Reckless
Wounding include swinging a weapon at someone without intending to hit them,
but being aware that the weapon could cause injury, or throwing an object at
someone that could cause a break in the continuity of the skin.
If you have been charged with Reckless Wounding or have been
a victim of this offence, it’s important to seek legal advice from a qualified
criminal lawyer in NSW.
Courts in New South Wales take the offence of Reckless
Wounding seriously and that a conviction can result in significant penalties,
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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 21st June 2023.
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