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Crimes of Violence

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many offences of (a) murder, (b) manslaughter, (c) grievous bodily harm and (d) rape committed in Northern Ireland in each year since 2005 (i) were classified as cleared, (ii) resulted in a conviction and (iii) are still being investigated; (298890)

(2) how many people in Northern Ireland were convicted of (a) murder, (b) manslaughter, (c) grievous bodily harm and (d) rape in each year since 2005.

Table 1 gives the number of murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm/wounding (including those with intent) and rape offences that were recorded and cleared for the years 2005 to 2008. Table 2 documents the number convicted of the offences requested for the years 2005 and 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available). Convictions for these offences also include attempts.

It is not possible to reconcile PSNI data on the number of offences recorded and cleared directly with conviction data, as the former are offence-based whereas conviction data are offender-based. In addition, PSNI data denote the offence as it has been initially recorded and this may differ from the offence for which a suspect (or suspects) is subsequently proceeded against.

With regard to the number still being investigated, the data requested are not stored in an easily retrievable format. As such an accurate response would require a resource intensive manual trawl which could be conducted only at disproportionate cost.

Table 1: Number of offences recorded and cleared—murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm/wounding and rape 2005-08

2005

2006

2007

2008

Murder

Recorded

26

27

26

20

Of those recorded the number since cleared2

17

22

14

15

Manslaughter

Recorded

3

3

3

4

Of those recorded the number since cleared2

0

2

2

3

Grievous bodily harm/wounding1,

Recorded

1,120

1,238

1,189

1,647

Of those recorded the number since cleared2

446

442

388

545

Rape1

Recorded

383

475

422

396

Of those recorded the number since cleared2

152

82

69

77

1 Includes attempts.

2 Clearance figures are subject to revision as non-cleared offences may be under ongoing investigation and may still be cleared.

3 Figures for grievous bodily harm/wounding include the offences ‘grievous bodily harm with intent’ and ‘wounding with intent’.

Source:

PSNI

Table 2: Number convicted1—murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm/wounding and rape 2005 and 2006

Offence

2005

2006

Murder

14

11

Manslaughter

11

17

Grievous bodily harm/wounding2

152

180

Rape

8

11

Total

185

219

1 Convictions for the above offences include attempts.

2 Grievous bodily harm/wounding includes the offences ‘grievous bodily harm with intent’ and ‘wounding with Intent’.

Note:

Conviction data are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Source:

NIO