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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 703: debated on Tuesday 8 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 176), what were the methods of disposal and the average immediate custodial sentence length (in months) for burglary for the south Belfast police district command unit in 2004–06. [HL4594]

The following table gives the method of disposal for those offenders convicted of burglary whose address fell within the south Belfast police district command unit.

Data cover the calendar years 2004 to 2006 and are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Number of convictions, method of disposal and the average immediate custodial sentence length (in months) for burglary for south Belfast police district command unit 2004-061

2004

2005

2006

Number of convictions

25

35

20

Method of disposal

Immediate custody

15

14

7

(Average custodial sentence in months)

(18)

(11)

(9)

Suspended custody

5

4

2

Supervision in the Community

3

8

8

Fine

0

4

1

Conditional discharge

2

4

1

Youth Conference Order

0

0

1

Other

0

1

0

1 Average sentence lengths exclude those sentenced to a juvenile justice centre order.