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Crimes of Violence

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many incidents of (a) domestic violence and (b) other offences of violence which resulted in a conviction a child was killed in each of the last 10 years. (316494)

The Court Proceedings Database holds information on defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal offences in England and Wales. These data include information on the age of the defendant, their gender, the police force area and court where proceedings took place as well as the specific offence and statute for the offence. The Court Proceedings Database does not hold specific information on offences beyond descriptions provided by the statutes under which prosecutions are brought nor details of the victim of a criminal offence. Therefore it is not possible to separately identify domestic violence offences from other offences of assault and violence against the person. Unless specified in the statute it is not possible to identify the age of a victim of a criminal offence.

Available information is given in the table for the number of defendants found guilty at all courts in England and Wales for murder of an infant under one year of age and manslaughter offences of infanticide and child destruction, from 1999 to 2008. Data included in the table exclude offences resulting in the death of a child that are not covered by specific statutes and where the age of the victim is not known.

Data for 2009 are expected to be published in the autumn, 2010.

Number of defendants found guilty at all courts in England and Wales for selected offences against the person, from 1999 to 20081, 2

Offence description

Statute

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

102

Murder of infants under one year of age

Offences against the Person Act 1861—sections 1, 9 and 10

5

5

4

4

4

4

7

6

8

402

Manslaughter —infanticide

Infanticide Act 1938—section 1(1)

8

2

5

2

2

1

2

403

Manslaughter —child destruction

Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 section 1

1

1

1

Total

14

7

5

6

4

4

7

8

9

8

1 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.

2 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 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:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice