Appeal against conviction for common assault. The defendant argued his actions had been in defence of his girlfriend who had been surrounded in the street by an aggressive group of drunken young women. The magistrates had found his reaction to be more than reasonable.
Held: The magistrates having properly directed themselves according to Palmer, and having heard th eevidence were entitled to make the assessment they had.
 EWHC 2533 (Admin)
England and Wales
Cited – Palmer v The Queen PC 23-Nov-1970
It is a defence in criminal law to a charge of assault if the defendant had an honest belief that he was going to be attacked and reacted with proportionate force: ‘If there has been an attack so that defence is reasonably necessary, it should be . .
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Updated: 27 June 2022; Ref: scu.219531