Scottish Government
Printable version

Homicide in Scotland, 2016-17

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician yesterday published Homicide in Scotland, 2016-17. The publication provides information on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2016-17. The main findings are:

Between 2015-16 and 2016-17, the number of homicide cases recorded by the police in Scotland increased by 5% (3 cases) from 58 to 61. This is the joint second lowest number of recorded homicide cases for a single twelve month period since 1976, the first year for which comparable data are available.

Over the ten year period from 2007-08 to 2016-17, the number of homicide cases in Scotland fell by 47% (54 cases) from 115 to 61.

In 2016-17, 64 victims of homicide were recorded, 10% (6 victims) more than the 58 victims recorded in 2015-16. As at 31 March 2017, three cases of homicide recorded in 2016-17 were unsolved.

In 2016-17, 77 persons were accused of homicide and 88% (68) of them were male. Of the 64 victims, 75% (48) were also male.

For each of the last ten years, the most common method of killing was with a sharp instrument. In 2016-17, a sharp instrument was the main method of killing for 47% (30) of homicide victims.

Background

The full statistical publication can be accessed here.

The term “sharp instrument” includes knives, broken bottles, swords, sharpened screwdrivers and any other pointed or edged weapons.

 

Channel website: http://www.gov.scot/

Original article link: https://news.gov.scot/news/homicide-in-scotland-2016-17

Share this article

Latest News from
Scottish Government

GDPR and paper records – why it’s not all cyber and fines - Tue, Oct 24, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM BST...Register Now