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Wackett v Calder (1965), 51 DLR (2d) 598 (BC CA)


Wackett attached Calder outside a bar. C retaliated with 1 punch; turned to go back inside but got attacked again by W. C retaliated with 2nd punches, one of which was fairly injurious to W. C remained unharmed. W sued C for battery


Did C act in self-defence? Was it a reasonable use of force?


An act of repelling an (apprehended) attack does not need to be measured with complete exactitude or nicety.


Appeal allowed. C acted in self-defence.

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