Question 1 ‘The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is widely recognised as being outdated. It uses

Question 1 ‘The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is widely recognised as being outdated. It uses

Question 1 ‘The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is widely recognised as being outdated. It uses archaic language and … [t]he structure of the Act is also unsatisfactory; there is no clear hierarchy of offences and the differences between the three most commonly prosecuted offences (under sections 18, 20 and 47) are not clearly spelt out’. Evaluate the Law Commission’s statement, discussing whether the current law on non-fatal offences against the person is satisfactory. Question 2 Rohit and his friends have reserved a private members room of ‘Blokes Bar’ for a poker game. They lock the door to the private members room to stop anyone else coming in. Rohit has not been drinking because he has just come from a karate lesson. However, Rohit is eager to show his off his new skills in breaking wood and sees a poker table leaning against the wall in the corner of the room. His friends hold the poker table up for Rohit to kick it. Rohit misses the poker table but kicks and smashes a vase that is on the nearby shelf into many small pieces. Umut, an employee of Blokes Bar, hears the commotion and bangs on the door of the private members room several times, demanding to be let in. However, Rohit and his friends do not hear Umut knocking, as they are playing music in the room loudly. Umut does not have a key to open the door and is worried that Rohit and his friends are damaging the antique furniture in the private members room. Umut kicks the door of the private members room down and asks Rohit and his friends to leave. Rohit is angry at being asked to leave. Rohit grabs a permanent maker pen that was in the private members room, takes off the cap, moves closer to the antique furniture and says to Umut, ‘if you don’t let us finish our poker game, I will draw all over your precious antique furniture’. Eventually Umut manages to get Rohit and his friends to leave. As Umut is closing up the bar for the evening, he sees that there is a lot of alcohol split on the bar counter. In Umut’s favourite movie, there is a dramatic scene where the bartender sets the bar counter on fire. Umut decides to recreate this scene, so takes his lighter out of his pocket and sets the alcohol on fire. The bar counter catches on fire. Umut watches the fire for a while and convinced that it will burn out, he locks the door to the bar and leaves. The fire does not burn out but spreads throughout the fittings and furnishings in Blokes Bar. Blokes Bar has several rooms upstairs that are sometimes used by customers for overnight stays. When Umut reports to work the next day, he was relieved to hear from the fire brigade that the rooms were empty on this occasion and that no-one was injured. AdviseRohit&Umutcriminal liability

Question 1 ‘The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is widely recognised as being outdated. It uses

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