Intentionally causing serious injury
Intentionally causing serious injury is the most serious assault charge.
The charge is contained in section 16 of the Crimes Act 1958.
This is a strictly indictable charge which means it has to go through the committal process and be heard in the County Court.
The maximum penalty for intentionally causing serious injury is 20 years imprisonment.
To prove this charge it must be shown that you
1. caused serious injury to another person
2. which was intentional
3. and without lawful excuse.
One definition of serious injury is that which is found under section 15 of the Crimes Act 1958. Serious injury can, in reality, be fairly minor as it can be a combination of injuries.
The back up charge to this is recklessly causing serious injury which is often charged at the same time.
To read more about this charge go to this link - Intentionally causing serious injury