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Recorded Suspected Offenders 2020

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Serious crimes against the person include homicide, sexual violence and physical assault. The suspected offenders for these crimes were largely men. Of the 73 recorded Homicide offences in 2020 which have been detected by March 2022, 65 or 89% of the recorded suspected offenders were males and just 8 or 11.0% were female. Within the category of Homicide offences, 32 males (86.5%) were recorded as suspected offenders of Murder or manslaughter compared to just 5 females (13.5%). There were 33 males (91.7%) recorded as suspected offenders of incidents of Dangerous driving leading to death compared to just 3 (8.3%) for females. See Table 4.1 and Figure 4.1.

Nearly all (97.7%) of suspected offenders of detected sexual violence crimes recorded in 2020 were males. Eight out of ten (80.3%) of suspected offenders of detected physical assaults and related offences in 2020 were males. See Table 4.1.

Show Table: Table 4.1 Recorded crime suspected offenders (selected offence groups) by sex, 2018 - 2020

MaleFemale
Homicide8911
Sexual offences97.72.3
Attempts/threats to
murder, assaults,
harassments and
related offences
80.319.7
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One in six (17.1%) suspected offenders of detected sexual violence crimes which were reported in 2020 were under 18 years when the offence took place while 32.4% of suspected offenders were aged between 18 and 29 years. A further 33.8% of sexual violence offenders were aged between 30 and 44 years and 12.5% were aged between 45 and 59 years. See Table 4.2 and Figure 4.2.

Two thirds of suspected offenders (66.6%) of detected physical assaults and related offences were aged between 18 and 44 years when the offence occurred and a further 15.2% were aged under 18 years. See Table 4.2 and Figure 4.2.

Show Table: Table 4.2 Recorded crime suspected offenders (selected offence groups) by age when offence occurred, 2018 - 2020

Under 1818-2930-4445-5960 or over
01 Homicide offences9.635.632.91111
02 Sexual Violence17.132.433.812.54.2
03 Attempts/threats to
murder, assaults,
harassments and related offences
15.231.335.314.73.5

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