Battery/Mayhem

Battery is the intentional and direct application of any physical force to the person of another. It is the actual striking of another person, or touching him in a rude, angry, revengeful , or insolent manner. Battery includes an assault which briefly stated in an act evidencing an immediate intention to commit a battery. It is mainly distinguishable from an assault in the fact that physical contact is necessary to accomplish it. It does not matter whether the force is applied directly to the human body itself or to anything coming in contact with it.

e.g. 

(i) to throw water at a person is assault; if any drop fall upon him it is a battery,

(ii) Riding a horse towards a person is assault; riding it against him is a battery.

 

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