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Sexual 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 512-14, on sexual offences, in respect of each category of offence, (a) what the average length of custodial sentence was, (b) how many custodial sentences were handed down and (c) what the (i) longest and (ii) shortest custodial sentence for each category of offence was. (314678)

The following tables document the number convicted, the number sentenced to immediate custody and the average, the shortest and longest custodial sentence length (in months) given for serious sexual assault offences broken down by offence.

Data cover the calendar years 2004 to 2006 and 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 serious sexual assault offences by offence

2004

Sentence length (in months)1

Offence

Number convicted

Number given immediate custody

Average

Shortest

Longest

Rape2

15

15

119

48

Life

Attempted rape

3

3

104

48

144

Gross indecency with child

3

3

17

12

20

Buggery with male person, 16 years or over without consent

0

0

Buggery with boy under 16 years of age

6

4

113

60

168

Buggery with a woman

1

1

72

72

72

Buggery with a girl

1

1

24

24

24

Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 14 years

4

3

20

6

30

Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 17 years

2

0

Incest by man on female

0

0

Forcibly abducting a female with intent to carnally know her

0

0

Indecent assault on female3

57

19

21

2

60

Indecent assault on male

17

9

15

3

36

Indecent assault on female child

3

2

18

12

24

Indecent assault on male child4

4

2

48

48

48

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

2.The average sentence length excludes the one offender sentenced to life imprisonment.

3. Sentence length information excludes one offender sentenced to a juvenile justice centre order.

4. Sentence length information excludes one offender sentenced to a juvenile justice centre order.

Number convicted, number sentenced to immediate custody and the average, shortest and longest custodial sentence length (in months) given for serious sexual assault offences by offence

2005

Sentence length (in months)1

Offence

Number convicted

Number given immediate custody

Average

Shortest

Longest

Rape

4

4

105

48

144

Attempted rape

4

4

81

60

120

Gross indecency with child

6

3

14

8

24

Buggery with male person, 16 years or over without consent

0

0

Buggery with boy under 16 years of age

1

1

96

96

96

Buggery with a woman

0

0

Buggery with a girl

0

0

Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 14 years

3

3

17

14

18

Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 17 years

4

0

Incest by man on female

1

1

36

36

36

Forcibly abducting a female with intent to carnally know her

0

0

Indecent assault on female

51

21

29

3

84

Indecent assault on male

11

4

38

9

96

Indecent assault on female child

18

13

27

6

66

Indecent assault on male child

5

3

45

8

78

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

Number convicted, number sentenced to immediate custody and the average, shortest and longest custodial sentence length (in months) given for serious sexual assault offences by offence

2006

Sentence length (in months)1

Offence

Number convicted

Number given immediate custody

Average

Shortest

Longest

Rape

11

11

125

48

180

Attempted rape

0

0

Gross indecency with child

5

3

32

18

54

Buggery with male person, 16 years or over without consent

0

0

Buggery with boy under 16 years of age

3

3

125

108

144

Buggery with a woman

0

0

Buggery with a girl

0

0

Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 14 years

3

2

42

36

48

Unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 17 years

5

4

13

8

24

Incest by man on female

1

0

Forcibly abducting a female with intent to carnally know her

0

0

Indecent assault on female2

73

41

29

2

96

Indecent assault on male

8

4

31

6

72

Indecent assault on female child

2

1

12

12

12

Indecent assault on male child

0

0

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

2 Sentence length information excludes one offender sentenced to a juvenile justice centre order