Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997

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The Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997[1] is an Act of the Oireachtas which virtually codified the criminal law on offences against the person in the Republic of Ireland. The Act replaced the greater part of the Offences against the Person Act 1861, scrapping such concepts as actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm, and recognised the use of modern technology as a weapon:

"force" includes...application of heat, light, electric current, noise or any other form of energy -Section 2.2(a)

The Act also made it an offence to use a syringe as a weapon, particularly where it is used to make the victim "...believe that he or she may become infected with disease".

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Offences Against the Person Act


  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 32(1) of this Act. The comma is omitted on the authority of section 14(3)(a) of the Interpretation Act 2005.

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