Homicide: Children

Home Department written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, column 600W, on homicide: children, how many children each (a) male and (b) female offender murdered; and what sentences were given in each case.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Minister of State, Home Department

The available information is given in the table and expands on the data provided in the answer of 11 February 2014. The data given cover the period 2007/08 to 2011/12.

The circumstances surrounding a homicide can be complex and it can take time for cases to pass through the criminal justice system. Due to this, there are a number of homicide cases where criminal proceedings have yet to reach a conclusion.

Table 1: List of suspects1 convicted for the homicide of one or more of their children2 and sentences received 2007-08 to 2011-12
Year recorded Number of victims that were the child of the suspect Suspect gender Conviction Suspect sentence (duration in months where applicable) Further information on sentence
2007-08 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 48
2007-08 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 60
2007-08 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 60
2007-08 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 24
2007-08 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) 48
2007-08 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2007-08 2 Female Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Female Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Female Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 72
2007-08 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 60
2007-08 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 20
2007-08 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 72 Detention in a Young Offenders Institution
2007-08 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 54 Detention in a Young Offenders Institution
2007-08 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 30 Detention in a Young Offenders Institution
2007-08 1 Male Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) 72
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment Detained under Children and Young Persons Act 1933 Section 53(i)(HMP)
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2007-08 2 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2008-09 1 Female Infanticide 36 Supervision Order—with other or no requirements CYPA 1969 Section 7
2008-09 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 11 Fully suspended sentence
2008-09 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 180
2008-09 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 108
2008-09 2 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2008-09 2 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2008-09 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2008-09 1 Female Murder Life imprisonment
2008-09 1 Female Murder Life imprisonment
2008-09 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 90
2008-09 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 30 Detained under Children and Young Persons Act 1933 Section 53(2)
2008-09 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 9 Fully suspended sentence
2008-09 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 42
2008-09 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 60
2008-09 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 132
2008-09 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 60
2008-09 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2008-09 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2008-09 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2008-09 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2008-09 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2009-10 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 48
2009-10 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2009-10 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2009-10 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2009-10 2 Female Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Female Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Female Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 84
2009-10 3 Male Manslaughter—Common law 144
2009-10 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 48
2009-10 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 60
2009-10 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 54
2009-10 1 Male Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) 42
2009-10 1 Male Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) 48
2009-10 2 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2009-10 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2010-11 1 Female Infanticide Hospital Order
2010-11 1 Female Infanticide 12 Supervision Order—with other or no requirements CYPA 1969 Section 7
2010-11 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) Hospital Order
2010-11 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) 36 Community Service order
2010-11 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) 144
2010-11 1 Female Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2010-11 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 60
2010-11 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2010-11 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2011-12 1 Female Infanticide Hospital Order with Restriction Order
2011-12 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 45
2011-12 1 Female Manslaughter—Common law 14
2011-12 1 Female Murder Life imprisonment
2011-12 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 108
2011-12 1 Male Manslaughter—Common law 96
2011-12 1 Male Manslaughter—Section 2 (Diminished responsibility) 30
2011-12 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2011-12 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
2011-12 1 Male Murder Life imprisonment
Total homicides 99
1 There are 91 suspects convicted of 99 homicides. 2 As at 1 November 2012; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and the courts, or as further information becomes available. Source: Homicide Index, Home Office

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