Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997

Abolition of common law offences of assault and battery, kidnapping and false imprisonment.


28.— (1) The following common law offences are hereby abolished—

( a) assault and battery,

( b) assault occasioning actual bodily harm,

( c) kidnapping, and

( d) false imprisonment.

(2) The abolition of the common law offence of kidnapping shall not affect the operation of section 2 of, and paragraph 4 of the Schedule to, the Criminal Law (Jurisdiction) Act, 1976, and accordingly the said section 2 and the said Schedule shall have effect as if subsection (1) (c) had not been enacted.