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Offences Against the Person Act 1861

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Homicide

    1. 1.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 2, 3.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 4. Conspiring or soliciting to commit murder.

    4. 5. Manslaughter.

    5. 6.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. 7, 8.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    7. 9. Murder or manslaughter abroad.

    8. 10. Provision for the trial of murder and manslaughter where the death or cause of death only happens in England or Ireland.

    9. 11—15.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  3. Letters threatening to murder

    1. 16. Threats to kill.

  4. Acts causing or tending to cause Danger to Life or Bodily Harm

    1. 17. Impeding a person endeavouring to save himself from shipwreck.

    2. 18.Shooting or attempting to shoot, or wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

    3. 19.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 20. Inflicting bodily injury, with or without weapon.

    5. 21. Attempting to choke, &c. in order to commit any indictable offence.

    6. 22. Using chloroform, &c. to commit any indictable offence.

    7. 23. Maliciously administering poison, &c. so as to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.

    8. 24. Maliciously administering poison, &c. with intent to injure, aggrieve, or annoy any other person.

    9. 25. If the jury be not satisfied that any person charged is guilty of felony, but guilty of misdemeanor they may find him guilty accordingly.

    10. 26. Not providing apprentices or servants with food, &c. whereby life is endangered.

    11. 27. Exposing children whereby life is endangered.

    12. 28. Causing bodily injury by gunpowder.

    13. 29. Causing gunpowder to explode, or sending to any person an explosive substance, or throwing corrosive fluid on a person, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

    14. 30. Placing gunpowder near a building, with intent to do bodily injury to any person.

    15. 31. Setting spring guns, &c., with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

    16. 32. Placing wood, &c., on a railway, with intent to endanger passengers.

    17. 33. Casting stone, &c. upon a railway carriage, with intent to endanger the safety of any person therein.

    18. 34. Doing or omitting anything to endanger passengers by railway.

    19. 35. Drivers of carriages injuring persons by furious driving.

  5. Assaults

    1. 36. Obstructing or assaulting a clergyman or other minister in the discharge of his duties.

    2. 37. Assaulting a magistrate, &c. on account of his preserving wreck.

    3. 38.Assault with intent to commit felony, or on peace officers, &c.

    4. 39. Assaults with intent to obstruct the sale of grain, or its free passage.

    5. 40. Assaults on seamen, &c.

    6. 41.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    7. 42.Persons committing any common assault or battery may be imprisoned or compelled by two magistrates to pay fine and costs not exceeding 5l.

    8. 43. Persons convicted of aggravated assaults on females and boys under fourteen years of age may be imprisoned or fined.

    9. 44. If the magistrates dismiss the complaint, they shall make out a certificate to that effect.

    10. 45. Certificate or conviction shall be a bar to any other proceedings.

    11. 46.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    12. 47. Assault occasioning bodily harm.

    13. 48.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    14. 49.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    15. 50, 51.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    16. 52.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    17. 53.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    18. 54, 55.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  6. Child-stealing

    1. 56. Child-stealing.

  7. Bigamy

    1. 57.Bigamy. Offence may be dealt with where offender shall be apprehended. Not to extend to second marriages, &c. herein stated.

  8. Attempts to procure Abortion

    1. 58. Administering drugs or using instruments to procure abortion.

    2. 59. Procuring drugs, &c. to cause abortion.

  9. Concealing the Birth of a Child

    1. 60. Concealing the birth of a child.

    2. 61—63.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  10. Making Gunpowder to commit Offences, and searching for the same

    1. 64. Making or having gunpowder, &c., with intent to commit any felony against this Act.

    2. 65. Justices may issue warrants for searching houses, &c. in which explosive substances are suspected to be made for the purpose of committing felonies against this Act.

  11. Other Matters

    1. 66, 67.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 68. Offences committed within the jurisdiction of the Admiralty.

    3. 69.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 70.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    5. 71.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    8. 74, 75.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    9. 76. Summary proceedings in England may be under the 11 & 12 Vict. c. 43., and in Ireland under the 14 & 15 Vict. c. 93. Except in London and the Metropolitan Police District.

    10. 77.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    11. 78. Act not to extend to Scotland.

    12. 79.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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