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Rape

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of sentence in Northern Ireland for (a) rape and (b) serious sexual assault was in each of the last five years, broken down by whether the defendant pleaded guilty. (80028)

Due to a change in the data source for prosecutions and sentencing data, information disaggregated by defendant plea is not available beyond 1999. The 1999 data is provided in the following table.

Table 1 also provides the number sentenced to immediate custody for rape (including attempts) and indecent assault in 2000 to 2003 and the average length of custodial sentence passed for each.

Figures beyond 2003 are not yet available.

Table 1: Number sentenced to immediate custody1 and the average sentence length in months2 for rape, attempted rape and indecent assault 1999-2003

Rape3

Indecent assault4

Plea

Number sentenced to immediate custody

Average sentence length (months)

Number sentenced to immediate custody

Average sentence length (months)

1999

Guilty

7

89

24

23

Not guilty

1

72

3

17

2000

n/a

9

95

340

20

2001

n/a

17

96

42

18

2002

n/a

9

79

421

31

2003

n/a

9

92

37

21

1 Figures include persons sentenced to prison, YOG, and custody probation. 2 Rounded to nearest whole number. 3 Includes attempts. 4 Indecent assault includes indecent assault on female, indecent assault on male, indecent assault on female child and indecent assault on male child. Note: Figures are based on principal offence rule.