Jimmy Mason, the man who flicked his son’s ear, has been found guilty of assault.
He also is alleged to have punched his child’s face. Now, while flicking an ear might be reasonable (hence defensible under the old law) any sort of force administered to the face has never been regarded as reasonable and I defy someone to find 12 people in this country picked at random would would find otherwise.
I assume that Jimmy’s defense might have been that the punch never happened, and that the flick was reasonable.
Never mind. As we have been told over and over, the changes to section 59 were designed to make sure that any force, no matter how reasonable, would have no defense.
In this case, it appears that the ability to railroad someone doing something reasonable may well have been a moot point.