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 years imprisonment.
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, including imprisonment.
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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 21st June 2023.
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