1 1 L.R.O Ofences Against the Person CAP.141 CHAPTER141 OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS SBCTlON 1. Short title. PART I Murder and Manslaughter Punishment for murder. Abolition of constructive malice. Diminished responsibility. Provocation. Punishment for manslaughter. Jurisdiction in special circumstances. Killings special cases. Attempt to murder. Sending letters threatening to murder. Conspiracy to murder. Aiding suicide. Suicide pacts. Infanticide.
2 CAP. 141 Offences Against the Person L.R.O PART II Causing Danger to Life or Bodily Harm 15. Preventing Survival. 16. Acts intended to cause serious bodily harm or to prevent arrest. 17. Inflicting bodily injury. 18. Disabling in order to commit indictable offence. 19. Endangering life or safety. 20. Endangering life or health of apprentices and servants. 21. Exposing children whereby life is endangered. 22. Causing injury by use of explosives. 23. Placing explosives near building or ship with intent to do bodily injury. 24. Injuring persons by furious driving. PART III Assaults Common assault. Assaults occasioning harm. Other assaults. Dismissal of complaints of assault. Other proceedings barred under certain conditions. PART IV Offences Against Liberty 30. Kidnapping.
3 3 L.R.O Offences Against the Person CAP. 141, SBCIlON 31. Wrongfully concealing or keeping in confinement kidnapped or abducted person. 32. Wrongful confinement. 33. Buying or disposing of person as slave. 34. Unlawful compulsory labour. PART V Child Stealing 35. Child Stealing. PART VI Bigamy 36. Bigamy. PART VII Abortion and Concealment of Birth 37. Administering drugs or using instruments to procure abortion. 38. Killing unborn child. 39. Surgical operation. 40. Supplying or procuring drugs or instruments to cause abortion Concealment of birth of child. PART VIII Offences of Indecency 42. Indecent acts.
4 CAP. 141 Offences Against the Person L.R.O PART IX Miscellaneous and General SECTION Possessing or making dangerous things to commit offences. Punishment for offences. Aiders, abettors and accessories. Alternative verdicts. Arrest without warrant. Recognisances and sureties for keeping the peace.
5 5 L.R.O Offences Against the Person CAP. 141 ss.l-4 CHAPTER 141 OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON An Act to revise and amend the law with respect to ofsences against m4-18. the person. [ 1 st September, C-encement. 1. This Act may be cited as the Offences Against the Person Act. Short title. PART I Murder and Manslaughter 2. Any person convicted of murder shall be sentenced to, and Punishment suffer, death. for murder. 3. (1) Where a person kills another in the course or furtherance of Abolition of some other offence, the killing shall not amount to murder unless done with the same malice aforethought, expressed or implied, as is required for a killing to amount to murder when not done in the course or furtherance of another offence. (2) For the purposes of subsection (l), a killing done in the course or for the purpose of resisting an officer of justice, or of resisting or avoiding or preventing a lawful arrest, or of effecting or assisting an escape or rescue from legal custody, shall be treated as a killing in the course or furtherance of an offence. Lm;Ydive 4. (1) Where a person kills or is party to the killing of another, he Diminished shall not be convicted of murder if he was suffering from such ;;.psibilabnormality of mind, whether arising from a condition of arrested or retarded development of mind or any inherent cause or induced by disease or injury, as substantially impaired his mental responsibility for his acts and omissions in doing or being a party to the killing. THE LAWS OF BARBADOS Rinkdbylk GwammIl Fvier. nay SIrat, St Micluel, bytkllltbnrilydmcgovs~ofbar~
6 CAP. 141 Offences Against the Person L.R.O (2) On a charge of murder, it shall be for the defence to prove that the person is by virtue of this section not liable to be convicted of murder. (3) A person who but for this section would be liable, whether as principal or as accessory, to be convicted of murder shall be liable instead to be convicted of manslaughter. (4) The fact that one party to a killing is by virtue of this section not liable to be convicted of murder shall not affect the question whether the killing amounted to murder in the case of any other party to it. (5) Where on a trial for murder the accused contends (a) that at the time of the alleged offence he was insane so as not to be responsible according to law for his actions, or (b) that at the time he was suffering from such abnormality of mind as is specified in subsection (l), the court shall allow the prosecution to adduce or elicit evidence tending to prove theother of those contentions and may give directions as to the stage of the proceedings at which the prosecution may adduce such evidence. (6) Where on a trial for murder (a) evidence is given that the accused was at the time of the alleged offence suffering from such abnormality of mind as is specified in subsection (1); and (b) the accused is convicted of manslaughter, the court shall require the jury to declare whether the accused was so convicted by them on the ground of such abnormality of mind, and, if the jury declare that the conviction was on that ground, the court may instead of passing such sentence as is provided by law for that offence, order the person so convicted to be detained in custody, in such place as the court appoints, until Her Majesty s pleasure is known, and thereupon the Governor-General on behalf of Her Majesty may give such order for the safe custody of the person during Her Majesty s pleasure as the Governor-General thinks fit.
7 7 L.R.O Offences Against the Person CAP. 141 ss.5-8 (7) The Governor-General acting in his discretion may by instrument in writing order the discharge, either absolutely or on such conditions as to the duration of the discharge or otherwise as he thinks fit, of a person ordered to be detained under subsection (6). 5. Where on a charge of murder there is evidence on which the jury P~OV can find that the accused was provoked, whether by things done or by things said or by both together, to lose his self-control, the question whether the provocation was enough to make a reasonable man do as he did shall be left to be determined by the jury; and in determining that question, the jury shall take into account everything both done and said according to the effect which, in their opinion, it would have on a reasonable man. 6. Any person convicted of manslaughter is liable to be sentenced hisbent to imprisonment for life. for 7. Where any person being stricken, poisoned or otherwise hurt Jurisdiction upon the sea or in the air or at any place outside Barbados, dies of such :ie! stroke, poisoning or hurt in Barbados or, being stricken, poisoned or stances. hurt at any place in Barbados, dies of such stroke, poisoning or hurt upon the sea or in the air or at any other place outside Barbados, any offence committed in respect of any such case, including an offence of murder or manslaughter may be dealt with, enquired into, tried, determined and punished in Barbados in the same manner in all respects as if it had been wholly committed in Barbados. 8. (1) A person charged with the murder or manslaughter of killings another shall, although his act was not the immediate or the sole cause s~ial cases. of that other s death, be deemed to have killed that other where ter. (a) he inflicted bodily injury on that other person in consequence of which that other person underwent surgical or medical treatment which caused death; (b) he inflicted bodily injury on that other person which would not have caused the death of that other person had he submitted to proper surgical or medical treatment or observed proper precautions as to his mode of living;
8 ss.9-12 CAP. 141 Offences Against the Person L.R.O (c) (d) (e) by actual or threatened violence he caused that other person to perform an act which caused his death, such act being a means of avoiding such violence which in the circumstances would have appeared natural to the person whose death was so caused, by any act or omission he hastened the death of that other person from any disease or injury which apart from such act or omission would have caused death; or his act or omission would not have caused death unless it had been accompanied by an act or omission of the person killed or of other persons. (2) In the circumstances specified in paragraph (a), it is immaterial whether the treatment was proper or mistaken if it was employed in good faith and with common knowledge and skill. Attempt to murder. 9. Any person who (a) (b) attempts unlawfully to kill another; or with intent unlawfully to kill another does any act, or omits to do any act which it is his duty to do, the act or omission being of such a nature as to be likely to endanger human life, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. Sending 10. Any person who maliciously sends, delivers or utters, or diletters rectly or indirectly causes to be received, knowing the contents thereof, threatening to murder. any letter or writing threatening to kill or murder another person is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term of 10 years. Conspiracy 11. Any person who conspires with any other person to kill any to mlirder. person, whether such person is in Barbados or elsewhere, commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term of 14 years. Aiding suicide. 12. (1) Any person who (a) procures another to kill himself; or I.,
9 9 L.R.O Offences Against the Person CAP. 141 ss (b) (c) counsels another to kill himself and thereby induces him to do so; or aids another in killing himself, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term of 14 years. (2) No proceedings shall be instituted for an offence under this section except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions. 13. (1) It shah be manslaughter, and shall not be murder, for a sticik person acting in pursuance of a suicide pact between himself and pacts. another to kill the otheror be a party to the other killing himself or being killed by a third person. (2) Where it is shown that a person charged with the murder of another killed the other or was a party to his killing himself or being killed, it shall be for the defence to prove that the person charged was acting in pursuance of a suicide pact between himself and the other. (3) For the purposes of this section suicide pact means a common agreement between two or more persons having for its object the death of all of them, whether or not each is to take his own life, but nothing done by a person who enters into a suicide pact shah be treated as done by him in pursuance of the pact unless it is done while he has the settled intention of dying in pursuance of the pact. 14. Where a woman by any wilful act or omission causes the death Infanticide. of her child being under the age of 12 months, but at the time of the act or omission the balance of her mind was disturbed by reason of her not being fully recovered from the effect of giving birth to the child or by reason of the effect of lactation consequent on the birth of the child, then, notwithstanding that the circumstances were such that but for the provisions of this section the offence would have amounted to murder, she is guilty of infanticide, and may be dealt with and punished as if she had been guilty of manslaughter of the child. THE LAWS OF BARBADOS Printedby& Oowmmmt Rinh. Bay Stuet. St. Michrl. bythcluthaityofikgwc-nddbubdar
10 ss CAP. 141 Offences Against the Person L.R.O PART II Causing Danger to life or Bodily Harm Preventing 15. Any person who without lawful authority or reasonable excuse SUlTiVal. prevents or impedes any person in his attempt to save the life of himself or another person, being a person other than the accused, or to save himself or that other person from suffering serious bodily harm is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. Acts 16. Any person who with intent to maim, disfigure or disable any intended to person, or to do some serious bodily harm to any person, or to resist or cause serious prevent the lawful arrest of any person, unlawfully wounds or does any bodily harm serious bodily harm to any person by any means whatever is guilty of or to prevent arrest. an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. Inflicting bodily injuty. 17. Any person who unlawfully and maliciously wounds or inflicts any serious bodily harm upon any other person, either with or without any weapon or instrument, is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. Disabling in 18. Any person who by any means whatever and with intent to order to commit any offence punishable on indictment or to assist any other c-it indictable person in committing any such offence, renders or attempts to render offence. any person incapable of resistance, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. Fdangeting 19. Any person who unlawfully and maliciously or recklessly life or engages in conduct which places, or may place, another person in safety. danger of death or serious bodily harm is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. Endangering 20. Any person being legally liable either as a master or mistress to life or health provide for any apprentice or servant necessary food, clothing or of apprentices and lodging, who wilfully and without lawful excuse refuses or neglects to servants. orovide the same. or does or causes to be done any bodily harm to any
11 11 L.R.O Offences Against the Person CAP. 141 ss such apprentice or servant, so that the life of such apprentice or servant is endangered or the health of such apprentice or servant is or is likely to be permanently injured, is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. 21. Any person who unlawfully abandons or exposes any child, being under the age of 2 years, whereby the life of such child is endangered or the health of that child is or is likely to be permanently injured, is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. 22. Any person who unlawfully causesinjury to another person by the use of any explosive substance is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. Exposing children whereby life is endangered. causing injury by use of explosives. 23. Any person who unlawfully and maliciously, with intent to do any bodily injury to any person, places or throws in, into, upon, against or near any building, ship or vessel any gunpowder or other explosive substance, whether or not any explosion takes place and whether or not any bodily injury is effected, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term of 14 years. 24. Any person, having the charge of any carriage or vehicle who, by wanton or furious driving or racing or other wilful misconduct or by wilful neglect, does or causes to be done any bodily harm to any person whatsoever, is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. PART III Assaults Placing explosives near building or ship with intent to do bodily injury. Injuring persons by furious driving. 25. Any person who unlawfully assaults another is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. 26. Any person who assaults another occasioning the other actual bodily harm is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or stunmarily. c-on assault. Assaults occasioning harm. TllR LAWS OF rjl+kdbymc BARBADOS -Rias.hySW.SrMishd. bythtwbxiiydtko-d%
12 ss CAP. 141 Offences Against the Person L.R.O Other assaults. 27. (4 W Cc) Any person who assaults any person with intent to commit an offence punishable on indictment or to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detention of himself or of any other person for any offence; or who assaults, resists or obstructs any person engaged in lawful execution of process, or in making a lawful distress, with intent to rescue any property lawfully taken under such process or distress; or who assaults any person on account of any act done by him in the execution of any duty imposed on him by law, is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. Dismissal of 28. Where a court, upon the hearing of a case of common assault, complaints deems the offence not to be proved or finds the assault to be justified or of assaults. to be so trifling as not to merit punishment, it may dismiss the charge and discharge the offender accordingly. Other 29. Any person who having been convicted of common assault and p-dings having suffered the punishment awarded, or having been discharged barred under celtain under the last section, shall be released from all further or other conditions. proceedings, civil or criminal, for the same cause. Kidnapping. PART Against Liberty 30. Any person who unlawfully removes another from any place without that other s consent or the consent of some person legally authorised to consent on that other s behalf is guilty of kidnapping and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life.
13 13 L.R.O Offences Against the Person CAP.141 ss.3 l Any person who, knowing that any person has been kidnapped wrongt+y or abducted, wrongfully conceals or confines such person, is guilty of ;~~k~~ Or an offence and shall be punishable in the same manner as if he had cdlnemed kidnapped or abducted that person with the same intention or knowl- t$$:$dor edge as that with which he conceals or detains such person in person. confinement. 32. Whoever wrongfully confines any person is guilty of an wrongful offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. confinement. 33. Any person who imports, exports, removes, buys, sells or Buying or disposes of any person as a slave, or accepts, receives or detains against disping Of his will any person as a slave is guilty of an offence and is liable on ETas conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. 34. Any person who unlawfully compels any person to labour unlawful against the will of that person is guilty of an offence and is liable on Lm p Y summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of 6 months. PART V Child Stealing 35. (1) Any person who Child stealing. (a) unlawfully, either by force or fraud, leads or takes away or decoys or entices away or detains any child under the age of 14 years, with intent to deprive any parent, guardian or other person having the lawful care or charge of such child of the possession of such child or with intent to steal any article upon or about the person of such child to whomsoever such article may belong; or (b) with any such intent receives or harbours any such child, knowing the same to have been by force or fraud led, taken, decoyed, enticed away or detained as described in paragraph (4, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term of 7 years. THE LAWS OF BARBADOS RinRdbytbe -Prier, Bay &at, St. Michael, bytbu&xityd~omc-dbaw
14 s.36 CAP. 141 Offences Against the Person L.R.O (2) No person who has claimed any right to the possession of a child referred to in subsection (l), or is the mother or has claimed to be the father of that child shah be liable to be prosecuted by virtue of this section on account of the getting possession of the child or taking the child out of the possession of any person having the lawful charge thereof. (3) Any person who, with intent to send away any child under the age of 16 years from Barbados for the purpose of being employed in any other place and without the knowledge of the parent or parents or the person having the care, charge or custody of the child, sends or carries away or causes or procures to be sent or carried away from Barbados that child is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. PART VI Bigamy Bigamy. 36. (1) Any person who, being married, marries another during the life of the husband or wife, whether the second marriage takes place in Barbados or elsewhere, is guilty of bigamy and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 7 years. (2) An offence under subsection (1) may be dealt with, enquired of, tried, determined and punished in Barbados in the same manner in all respects as if the offence had been actually committed in Barbados. (3) Nothing in this section shall extend to (4 any second marriage contracted elsewhere than in Barbados by a person not a citizen of Barbados; (b) any person marrying a second time whose husband or wife has been continuously absent from such person for the space of 7 years then last past and has not been known by suchperson to be living within that time; any person who at the time of such second marriage has been divorced from the bond of the first marriage; or
15 15 L.R.O Offences Against the Person CAP. 141 ss (d) any person whose former marriage has been declared void by the decree or order of any court. PART VII Abortion and Concealment of Birth 37. Any person who Administering drugs or (a) being a woman with child, with intent to procure her own E:&,,~, miscarriage unlawfully administers to herself any poison or to procure other noxious thing, or unlawfully uses any instrument or abfiia. other means whatsoever; or (b) with intent to procure the miscarriage of any woman, whether she is or is not with child, unlawfully administers to her or causes to be taken by her any poison or other noxious thing or unlawfully uses any instrument or other means whatsoever, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. 3b. Any person who, when a woman is about to be delivered of a 2; child child, prevents the child from being born alive by any act or omission of such a nature that, if the child had been born alive and had then died, he would be deemed to have unlawfully killed the child, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life. 39. A person is not criminally responsible for performing in good Surgical faith and with reasonable care and skill a surgical operation upon any Operation. person for her benefit, or upon an unborn child for the preservation of the mother s life, if the performance of the operation is reasonable having regard to the patient s state at the time and to all the circumstances of the case. 40. Any person who unlawfully supplies or procures any poison or supplying or other noxious thing or any instrument or other thing whatsoever, i-&s knowing that the same is intended to be unlawfully used or employed hstnunents to cause abortim. THE LAWS OF BARBADOS Primcdbytk Gomnmcnt Prdx, Bay Shut, St Michael. byt,,c,uimityof~gokmnmof~bodos
16 ss CAP. 141 Offences Against the Person L.R.O with intent to procure the miscarriage of any woman, whether she is or is not with child, is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. conceal- 41. Where any woman is delivered of a child, every person who, ment of birth by any secret disposition of the dead body, whether such child died of child. before, at or after its birth, endeavours to conceal the birth thereof is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. PART VIII Ofiences of Indecency Inat acts. 42. Any person who (a) wilfully and without lawful excuse does any indecent act in any public place; or (b) wilfully does any indecent act in any place with intent to insult or offend any person, is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summary. PART IX Miscellaneous and General Possessing 43. Any person who knowingly has in his possession or makes or or making manufactures any gunpowder, explosive substance or any dangerous or dangerous things to noxious thing, or any machine, engine, instrument or thing, with intent commit by means thereof to commit or for the purpose of enabling any other offences. person to commit any offence against this Act is guilty of an offence which is triable on indictment or summarily. Punishment for offences. 44. Subject to any express provision of this Act, (a) a person convicted on indictment of an offence against this Act is liable to imprisonment for a term of 10 years or to a fine or to both; and
17 17 L.R.O Offences Against the Person CAP. 141 a.4548 (b) a person convicted summarily of an offence against this Act is liable to imprisonment for a term of 2 years or to a fine of $2 500 or to both. 45. A person who aids, abets, counsels, procures or incites another Aiders, to commit an offence against this Act is guilty of the like offence and abettors Fd accessones. may be proceeded against and punished as a principal offender. 46. (1) If on the trial of an indictment for murder or manslaughter Alternative the jury are of the opinion that the accused aided, abetted, counselled verdicts. or procured the suicide of the person in question, the jury may find him guilty of that offence. (2) Where on the trial of a woman for the murder of her newly-born child the jury are of the opinion that she by any wilful act or omission caused its death, but at the time of the act or omission the balance of her mind was disturbed by reason of her not having fully recovered from the effect of giving birth to the child or by reason of the effect of lactation consequent on the birth of the child, the jury may return a verdict of infanticide. (3) Where any person tried for the murder of any child is acquitted thereof, it shall be lawful for the jury by whose verdict such person is acquitted to find, where it so appears in evidence, that the child had recently been born and that such person did, by some secret disposition of the dead body of such child, endeavour to conceal the birth thereof, and thereupon the court may pass such sentence as if such person had been convicted upon an indictment for the concealment of the birth. 47. Any person may take into custody without a warrant any Arrest person found committing or whom he has good cause to suspect of ;ze: having committed or being about to commit any offence against this Act punishable on indictment and shall take such person as soon as reasonably may be before a magistrate to be dealt with according to law. 48. (1) Where any person is convicted of any offence punishable ~eoogni~anoe~ under this Act otherwise than with death, the court may, if it thinks fit, ~~~~e~~~ in addition to or in lieu of any punishment by this Act authorised, he peace. THE LAWS OF BARBADOS hued by fk c3vcmmcnt Printer, Bay Sk&. St. hhhacl, by the &xxity ofthc Ciwcmment of Butulm
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