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I'm been doing AS AQA Law and I didn't understand what GBH s.18 or s.20 is all about .. Im finding myself lost with the meaning's of it , and also with how the actus reus and mens rea works alongside with those. If anyone could try to simplify that in a easy way to understand i would be really grateful
The main difference between s20 and s18 is the level of intention required for them. s20 has both intention and recklessness, but s18 only has intention. s18 is requires a higher level of intention. S20 is inflicting grievous bodily harm and malicious wounding, but s18 is causing grievous bodily harm and resisting arrest. In law, causing GBH is seen as more serious than inflicting GBH.
Furthermore, s20 has a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment. This is in stark contrast to s18, which can hold a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.