*CP (A Child) v First-tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation) (British Pregnancy Advisory Service/Birthrights and another intervening)

Compensation – Criminal Injuries. The appeal concerned the ability of a child, CP, to claim criminal injuries compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), as a result of being born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, as a direct consequence of her mother's excessive drinking while pregnant. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed CP's appeal against the determination of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber). Among other things, the court rejected CP's contention that a foetus was capable of being 'any other person' within the meaning of s 23 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and held that, if the foetus was not another person at the time of the administration of the noxious substance, the offence could not be complete at that point.

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