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Rape: Convictions

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of those convicted of rape since 2006 were aged (a) 10 to 15, (b) 16 to 18, (c) 19 to 25, (d) 26 to 30 and (e) over 30 years old. (280668)

The number of defendants found guilty for rape (of a female and male) at all courts, by age group, England and Wales 2006 to 2007 can be viewed in the table.

The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of defendants found guilty of rape1 at all courts, by age group, England and Wales 2006 and 20072,3

2006

2007

Age group

Found guilty

Percentage of total convictions

Found guilty

Percentage of total convictions

10 to 15 years

31

4

34

4

16 to 18 years

63

8

57

7

19 to 25 years

142

19

148

19

26 to 30 years

72

10

82

11

Over 30 years

446

59

456

59

Total

754

100

777

100

1 Includes rape of a female and rape of a male offences, but not attempted rape of a male or female.

2 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

3 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

OCJR - Evidence and Analysis Unit