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Reoffenders: Homicide

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions convicted murderers detained in (a) secure mental health accommodation and (b) prisons have committed murders after their release in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (242690)

The annual Home Office Statistical Bulletin “Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence” contains data on the number of offenders previously convicted of homicide who have been convicted of a further homicide after release or termination of sentence. The latest published version is for 2006-07. This is available at:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosb0308.pdf

The 2007-08 bulletin will be published in January 2009.

Number of offenders previously convicted of homicide (murder and manslaughter) who have been convicted of a further homicide after release or termination of sentence

2002-03

1

2003-04

1

2004-05

3

2005-06

1

2006-07

1

Of all of the cases listed in the bulletin, one case recorded in 2004-05 involved a convicted murderer released from secure mental health accommodation. In three of the cases in the bulletin, the original index offence was manslaughter rather than murder.