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Acquitted Persons (Inadmissible Confession Statements)

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Attorney-General how many persons in the last year have been acquitted as a result of their confession statements being ruled inadmissible; and how this compares with previous years.

AgeOffenceCause of deathPlace of death
1.48MurderNatural causes: coronary artery occlusionWakefield
2.33MurderSuicide: asphyxia by hangingLeeds
3.23MurderSuicide: asphyxia by hangingBedford
4.38Drug offencesSuicide: asphyxia by hangingBrixton
5.34Criminal damageSuicide: asphyxia by hangingWinchester
6.28Grievous bodily harmSuicide: asphyxia by hangingLeeds
7.25RobberySuicide: asphyxia by hangingDurham
8.42TheftNatural causes: aortic and mitral insufficiency.Wandsworth
9.39Burglary, criminal damageNatural causes: coronary artery atheroma.Dartmoor
10.17Indecent assaultKilled by fellow inmates: asphyxia by hanging.Risley
11.27AssaultNatural causes: myocardial degeneration, infective hydrated cysts.Holloway
12.28BurglaryNatural causes: acute cardiac failureAppleton Thorn
13.21Burglary, theftNatural causes: sickle cell crisis— sickle cell anaemia.Bristol
14.37WoundingSuicide: asphyxia by hangingBirmingham
15.19Theft, Taking and driving awayOpen verdict: acute congestive cardiac failureGaynes Hall
16.28Theft, Actual bodily harmSuicide: asphyxia by hangingWandsworth
17.30Grievous bodily harmSuicide: asphyxia by hangingBrixton
18.25MurderSuicide: asphyxia by hangingCanterbury
19.46BurglaryNatural causes: coronary thrombosisHighpoint
20.40ManslaughterSuicide: asphyxia by hangingDurham
21.47ManslaughterKilled by fellow inmate: stabbingWakefield
22.55Attempted rape, indecent assault.Killed by fellow inmate: stabbingWakefield
23.23Drug offencesAccidental death: asphyxiaHolloway
24.33ManslaughterSuicide: haemorrhage, throat woundsLong Lartin
25.61TheftNatural causes: coronary thrombosisManchester
26.17Taking without consentNatural causes: collapsed while an absconder.Werrington
27.61Indecent assaultNatural causes: coronary thrombosisBrixton
28.28FraudNatural causes: status elepticusHolloway
29.54FraudNatural causes: renal, cerebral and myocardial infarction.Brixton
30.25RapeKilled by fellow inmate: multiple head injuries.Maidstone
31.37MurderKilled by fellow inmate: strangulationParkhurst
32.16Theft, taking without consent.Suicide: asphyxia by hangingHindley

The information requested is as follows:

1980 (to date)2