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.