What is wounding with intent?

Section 33 of the Crimes Act 1900 provides that a person who wounds a person, or causes grievous bodily harm to any person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to that or any other person, is guilty of an offence.

What is wounding?

The breaking or cutting of the inner layer of skin, known as the dermis, is a wound. This means that a scratch or cut of the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis, is not a wound at law.

So, the breaking of both the inner and outer layers of the skin is a wound.

Examples of wounds include:

  • Split lip
  • A deep knife or glass cut
  • An action such a punch, hit, kick or push that results in a person’s skin (the dermis) breaking.

It need not cause permanent or serious disfigurement.

It need not be caused by a weapon: R v Shepherd [2003] NSWCCA 351

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