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Driving Offences: Sentencing

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, columns 511-12W, on driving offences, how many custodial sentences were handed down for causing grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly (a) when unfit and (b) with excess alcohol; and what the (i) average, (ii) longest and (iii) shortest custodial sentence was in each of those years. (314517)

The following table documents the number convicted, the number sentenced to immediate custody and the average, the shortest and longest custodial sentence length (in months) given for each of the offences ‘cause grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly when unfit’ and ‘causing grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly with excess alcohol’.

Data cover the calendar years 2005 and 2006 and are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence for which an offender is convicted is included.

‘Cause grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly when unfit’ and ‘causing grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly with excess alcohol’—number convicted, number sentenced to immediate custody and the average, shortest and longest custodial sentence length (in months) given, 2005 and 2006

Sentence length (in months)1

Number convicted

Number given immediate custody

Average

Shortest

Longest

2005

Cause grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly when unfit

1

1

6

6

6

Causing grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly with excess alcohol

4

3

26

14

42

2006

Cause grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly when unfit

3

3

14

6

24

Causing grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly with excess alcohol

4

3

11

6

18

1 Sentence lengths have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, columns 511-12W, on driving offences, what the (a) average, (b) longest and (c) shortest custodial sentence handed down for a motoring offence causing death was in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006; and how many custodial sentences were handed down in each of those years. (314518)

The following table documents the number convicted, the number sentenced to immediate custody and the average, the shortest and longest custodial sentence length (in months) given for motoring offences causing death for each of the requested years.

Data are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence for which an offender is convicted is included.

Number convicted, number sentenced to immediate custody and the average, shortest and longest custodial sentence length (in months) given for motoring offences causing death

Sentence length (in months)

Number convicted

Number given immediate custody

Average

Shortest

Longest

2005

9

8

32

9

72

2006

13

12

42

3

108

1 Sentence lengths have been rounded to the nearest whole number.