Regina v Griffin: CCA 1869

The court considered when a parent may use the defence of lawful correction of a child as a defence.
Held: Since an infant of 2 and a half years old could not appreciate correction, the father could not justify an assault as correction, and the defence was not available. If the child died as a result, the father would be guilty of manslaughter. A slight slap by a mother is more justifiable than more violent treatment by a father.
Martin B
(1869) 11 Cox CC 402
England and Wales
Cited by:

  • Cited – Regina v Brown (Anthony); Regina v Lucas; etc HL 11-Mar-1993
    The appellants had been convicted of assault, after having engaged in consensual acts of sado-masochism in which they inflicted varying degreees of physical self harm. They had pleaded guilty after a ruling that the prosecution had not needed to . .
    Independent 12-Mar-93, [1994] 1 AC 212, [1993] UKHL 19, [1992] UKHL 7, [1993] 2 WLR 556, [1993] 2 All ER 75

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Updated: 04 December 2020; Ref: scu.182254