asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases in the past 20 years people who have already been convicted of (a) murder and (b) rape on one occasion have been convicted of a similar offence committed after the first conviction.
In the past 20 years (including provisional information for 1986 and 1987) seven persons already convicted of murder in England and Wales have been convicted of a further murder committed after the first conviction, including one person whose second murder was committed in Scotland, and one in Northern Ireland. Two of the later murders were committed in prison and five while the offender was out of prison on licence. In addition, one murder was committed by a person who was on bail for a separate murder for which he was also subsequently convicted. Corresponding information for rape is not available.