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THE ACT MUST CAUSE PHYSICAL INTERFERENCE

The essence of the tort is the protection of the person of P.  D’s act short of physical contact is therefore not a battery

The least touching of another could be battery

Cole v Turner (dicta per Holt CJ)

‘The fundamental principle, plain and incontestable, is that every person’s body is inviolate’ ( per Goff LJ, Collins v Wilcock)

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