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Q145: Is spitting an assault?

In most cases, spitting at a person deliberately will constitute an offence of assault. However, if it is accidental it will not usually be deemed to be an offence. An exception to this may be where someone intended to spit at a person, but missed and spat at another person nearby. Despite not being intentional, this may be considered to be a reckless act and the offence may still be committed.

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