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Rape: Sentencing

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average sentence handed down by courts in Northern Ireland for rape was in each of the last three years. (145487)

Table 1 as follows gives the number sentenced to immediate custody for rape and attempted rape and the average sentence length given for each of these offences and in total.

Data cover the calendar years 2003 to 2005 (the latest available) and are collated on the principal offence rule; thus only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Table 1: Number sentenced to immediate custody and the average custodial sentence length in months for rape and attempted rape 2003-05

2003

2004

2005

Offence

Number sentenced to immediate custody

Average sentence length (months)

Number sentenced to immediate custody

Average sentence length (months)

Number sentenced to immediate custody

Average sentence length (months)

Rape

8

100

14

1191

4

105

Attempted rape

1

24

3

104

4

87

Total

9

91

17

116

8

96

1 Excludes one person sentenced to life imprisonment for rape.