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Carl has been charged with an offence of inflicting GBH (an either way offence). It being alleged that he punched his victim to the jaw, fracturing it during a fight outside a public house in Chester, where Carl lives. Carl accepts that he punched the victim but only in self-defence as the victim had first attacked him with a broken beer glass. The victim was visiting Chester from another part of the country and Carl did not know him before the incident.

Although Carl has numerous previous convictions for offences of violence, he has not been in trouble for the last 18 months. On his last court appearance for an offence of ABH he was given a sentence of six months' imprisonment, suspended for two years. You also know that he got married last year and that he has a baby daughter. He is also working as a painter and decorator, which is his first job in many years.

You attend court to represent Carl. You speak to the prosecutor who shows you a list of Carl's previous convictions. As well as revealing the suspended sentence which was imposed for ABH, the prosecutor also points out two convictions three and four years earlier for failing to surrender to custody.

Which ONE of the following grounds do you anticipate the prosecution will rely upon in support of their objection to bail?

A - There are substantial grounds to believe that Carl will fail to surrender to custody
B - That Carl might commit an offence whilst on bail
C - The nature and seriousness of the offence (GBH causing the victim a fractured jaw)
D - There are substantial grounds to believe that Carl will interfere with a witness (in this case the victim)