Northern Ireland: Murder Prosecutions

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 25 March (WA 84), how many successful convictions have taken place in each year since 1970 in connection with the murder of police officers in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

As indicated in my previous Answer (WA84), information recorded on convictions does not include details of the victim. Obtaining accurate statistics on the number of successful convictions in connection with the murder of police officers in Northern Ireland would, therefore, require a manual trawl of each case and could be carried out only at disproportionate cost.

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