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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for offences of (a) murder, (b) rape and (c) unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor there have been in each year since 1997; and what proportion of such convictions followed a guilty plea at the first instance in each such year.
Defendants pleading guilty at the Crown court for either, murder, rape or sexual activity with a child, the total number of offenders found guilty for these offences and the proportion of convictions where a guilty plea was given, England and Wales 1997 to 2010 are shown in the table.
It is not possible to determine from the Ministry of Justice court proceeding database at what stage a defendant pleaded guilty or not guilty.
|Defendants pleading guilty at the Crown Court for either, murder, rape or sexual activity with a child, the total number of offenders found guilty for these offences and the proportion of convictions where a guilty plea was given, England and Wales 1997 to 2010 (1,2)|
|Offence and outcome||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007||2008||2009||2010|
|No. of guilty pleas||27||44||49||40||55||55||60||90||92||87||96||84||87||72|
|Proportion of convictions where a guilty plea was given (%)||10||17||19||15||19||17||22||25||23||23||26||19||23||21|
|No. of guilty pleas||231||237||246||215||213||258||259||310||361||395||385||406||443||466|
|Proportion of convictions where a guilty plea was given (%)||38||35||38||36||37||40||39||41||46||46||45||44||45||45|
|Sexual activity with a child (3)|
|No. of guilty pleas||145||163||139||139||152||165||181||244||435||584||575||626||658||744|
|Proportion of convictions where a guilty plea was given (%)||87||91||90||85||90||93||91||91||83||80||83||80||82||82|
|(1) The figures given in the table on court proceedings 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 it 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 the courts and 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. (3) Prior to 2003 sexual activity with a child was classed as unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under Sexual Offences Act 1956. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice|