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Table 4: Total number convicted of offensive weapon offences by offence type and disposal type 2003
Fine Supervision in the community Conditional discharge Custodial sentence Other( 1) Total

Armed with offensive weapon with intent to commit offence

0

0

0

0

2

2

Possessing offensive weapon in public place

43

44

23

24

27

161

Possessing article with blade or point in public place

6

2

3

3

1

15

Possessing instrument with intent to commit an offence

0

0

0

0

0

0

Possessing article with blade or point on school premises

0

1

0

0

0

1

Possessing offensive weapon on school premises

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

49

47

26

27

30

179

Percentage

27.4

26.3

14.5

15.1

16.8

100

(1) Includes suspended custody.


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Table 5:Total number convicted of offensive weapon offences by offence type and disposal type 2004
Fine Supervision in the community Conditional discharge Custodial sentence Other( 1) Total

Armed with offensive weapon with intent to commit offence

0

0

1

0

1

2

Possessing offensive weapon in public place

50

36

22

31

27

166

Possessing article with blade or point in public place

3

3

0

2

2

10

Possessing instrument with intent to commit an offence

0

0

0

0

0

0

Possessing article with blade or point on school premises

0

0

1

0

0

1

Possessing offensive weapon on school premises

0

2

0

0

0

2

Total

53

41

24

33

30

181

Percentage

29.3

22.7

13.3

18.2

16.6

100

(1) Includes suspended custody.

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of those convicted of the possession of knives or bladed articles in Northern Ireland who were sentenced to custody received sentences between (a) six and 12 months, (b) 12 and 18 months and (c) 18 and 26 months in each of the last five years. [104370]

Mr. Hanson: There is no offence relating to the possession of a “knife” specifically. Offences for which statistics are available refer to the possession of “offensive weapon” or

within which knives are included. While offensive weapons may not solely be knives, further detail relating to type of weapon is not recorded in conviction datasets.

and

were offences for which an offender was given an immediate custodial sentence during the period covered. Tables 1 and 2, therefore, provide details on sentence length for each offence respectively.

The tables cover the calendar years 2000 to 2004, the latter being the most up-to-date available at present.

It should be noted that data are collated on the principal offence rule, thus only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Table 1: Number and percentage sentenced to immediate custody by sentence length for “possessing offensive weapon in public place” 2000-04( 1)
Less than 6 months 6 to 12 months More than 12 months to 18 months More than 18 months to 26 months More than 26 months Total

2000

Number

9

3

0

0

0

12

Percentage

75.0

25.0

0

0

0

100

2001

Number

10

2

0

0

0

12

Percentage

83.3

16.7

0

0

0

100

2002

Number

15

2

0

2

0

19

Percentage

78.9

10.5

0

10.5

0

100

2003

Number

19

5

0

0

0

24

Percentage

79.2

20.8

0

0

0

100

2004

Number

28

1

0

0

1

30

Percentage

93.3

3.3

0

0

3.3

100

(1) Figures do not include Juvenile Justice Centre Orders which are for a period of six months unless the court specifies a longer period not exceeding two years.


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Table 2: Number and percentage sentenced to immediate custody by sentence length for “possessing offensive article with blade or point in public place” 2000-04( 1)
Less than 6 months 6 to 12 months More than 12 months to 18 months More than 18 months to 26 months More than 26 months Total

2000

Number

0

0

0

0

0

0

Percentage

0

0

0

0

0

0

2001

Number

0

0

0

0

0

0

Percentage

0

0

0

0

0

0

2002

Number

5

0

0

0

0

5

Percentage

100

0

0

0

0

100

2003

Number

3

0

0

0

0

3

Percentage

100

0

0

0

0

100

2004

Number

1

1

0

0

0

2

Percentage

50

50

0

0

0

100

(1) Figures do not include Juvenile Justice Centre Orders which are for a period of six months unless the court specifies a longer period not exceeding two years.

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