Crime

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recorded rape offences in Northern Ireland, including attempted rape, led to convictions in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age and (b) gender of the victims.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The information is not available in the requested format. At present Northern Ireland court proceedings and sentencing data sources do not include victim information in relation to the commission of an offence.

Table 1 shows the number of recorded rape offences (including attempted rape) from 1998-99 by age group and gender of victim while table 2 outlines the number of prosecutions and convictions for rape offences (including attempted rape) for the calendar years 1996 to 2005 (the latest available years). Court data are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Recorded crime data cannot be routinely reconciled with prosecution and conviction data as the former relate to the number of offences whereas the latter relate to the number of offenders brought before the courts. In addition, recorded crime data denote each offence as it has been initially recorded and this may differ from the offence for which a suspect or suspects are subsequently proceeded against in the courts.

Government are committed to improving the rates of successful prosecution in rape cases. Specialist police units, staffed by highly skilled and trained personnel, are dedicated to enhancing the service to victims of rape and sexual assault and both PSNI and the Public Prosecution Service are seeking to develop models of best investigative practice so that more offences can achieve the threshold for prosecution.

The Northern Ireland Office and the Department of Health and Social and Personal Services have also jointly developed, and consulted on, a Draft Regional Strategy for addressing Sexual Violence in Northern Ireland which will address these issues through a robust action plan delivering on strategic objectives in three key areas—crime prevention, better victim support and improved protection and justice measures. The Strategy is to be published this spring.

Table 1: Recorded rape or attempted rape offences by age and gender of victim 1997-98 to 2006-07
Age under 18 Age 18-64 Age 65+ Age unknown All ages
1997-98
Male
Female 118 149 0 4 271
Total 118 149 0 4 271
1998-99
Male
Female 135 171 3 15 324
Total 135 171 3 15 324
1999-2000
Male
Female 131 160 1 19 311
Total 131 160 1 19 311
2000-01
Male
Female 95 125 1 11 232
Total 95 125 1 11 232
2001-02
Male
Female 108 179 0 5 292
Total 108 179 0 5 292
2002-03
Male
Female 164 192 0 1 357
Total 164 192 0 1 357
2003 - 04( 1)
Male 5 0 1 0 6
Female 165 222 2 0 389
Total 170 222 3 0 395
2004-05
Male 9 7 0 1 17
Female 157 204 2 0 363
Total 166 211 2 1 380
2005-06
Male 20 15 0 0 35
Female 134 218 3 1 356
Total 154 233 3 1 391
2006-07
Male 27 20 0 0 47
Female 151 257 1 1 410
Total 178 277 1 1 457
(1) Prior to a change in legislation which took place during 2003/04, males could not be classed as victims of rape.

Source:

Central Statistics Unit, PSN1

Table 2: Number of prosecutions and convictions for rape or attempted rape 1996-2005
Prosecutions Convictions
1996 69 15
1997 61 21
1998 48 18
1999 36 8
2000 26 10
2001 34 17
2002 30 10
2003 31 10
2004 37 18
2005 30 8
Source:

NIO Statistics and Research Branch

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