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Does standing face to face and bellies touching but no fists

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does standing face to face and bellies touching but no fists showing consitute physicial assault.
This happened in an argument between my self and another male and now he is saying i assaulted him physically
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 6 months ago.
Any physical contact which is unwelcome, is at law, an assault. This example may well have been quite trivial, and if this matter were ever dealt with in a criminal court, the judge would no doubt reflect this in any result.The definition in the Crimes Act will help explain this-assault means the act of intentionally applying or attempting to apply force to the person of another, directly or indirectly, or threatening by any act or gesture to apply such force to the person of another, if the person making the threat has, or causes the other to believe on reasonable grounds that he or she has, present ability to effect his or her purpose; and to assault has a corresponding meaning
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 6 months ago.
So even a threat may be an assault.

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