In NSW it is an offence to wound someone with the intention of causing ‘grievous bodily harm’. Wounding means doing something to hurt someone that causes a break in the skin. ‘Grievous bodily harm’ or GBH is a legal term for very serious injuries including permanent or serious disfigurement.
A person can be charged with this offence if they cause a wound, which includes a cut, gash or any injury where the skin is broken so long as they also have the intention to cause them an injury so serious that it amounts to ‘grievous bodily harm’.
The maximum penalty is 25 years imprisonment.
Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm is a serious offence that can be difficult to prove. There is a less serious charge of reckless wounding where there is no intention, or where police cannot prove that the person intended to cause an injury so serious to amount to grievous bodily harm.
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