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Murder Convictions (Northern Ireland)

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time was in cases of murder in Northern Ireland between conviction and sentencing where the sentence was deferred pending (a) medical and (b) psychiatric reports on the person convicted in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (81223)

I have been asked to reply.

In 2005, sentencing in one murder case was deferred pending preparation of a psychiatric report. In that case the time between conviction and sentence was 12 weeks.

The average time from conviction to disposal for all defendants in Northern Ireland including cases of murder in 2005 was eight weeks. Statistics are not available for the average time from conviction to disposal for 2003 and 2004 and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.