Murders and sex offences up while burglaries and thefts fall

There has been a 14% rise in murders in the last year —fuelled by the Kinahan-Hutch feud and the murder by Alan Hawe of his wife and three children in Cavan.

The murderous campaign by the Kinahan cartel also contributed to a 50% hike in attempted murders.

Figures published by the Central Statistics Office also show a significant increase in reported sexual offences, including rape of an adult and defilement of a minor.

Drink driving and serious assaults continue to rise and, in a reversal of trends in recent years, an increase was recorded in drug offences.

The figures for the 12 months to the end of September 2016, compared to the same period the previous year, show a rise in five crime categories and a drop in nine.

They include a considerable fall of 31% in reported burglaries, a 15% drop in thefts and an 11% decrease in robberies — all welcomed by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

Trends over recent years show a 26% reduction since 2013 in homicides (murder, manslaughter, and dangerous driving causing death), but a 19% rise in reported sexual assaults and a 13% jump in assaults.

While the CSO figures show homicides increased marginally last year, from 60 to 61, murders rose from 29 to 33 (+14%).

Seven of the murders were attributed to the Kinahan-Hutch feud along with the multiple killings in August last by Alan Hawe of his wife Siobhan and their three children, Ryan, Niall and Liam, in Co Cavan.

In other categories:

  • Sexual offences rose by 7%, including a 5% increase in rape and a 9% rise in defilement of a juvenile;
  • Assaults are down marginally by 1%, but assaults causing harm are up 2%, murder attempts are up 50% and threats of murder are up 7%;
  • Dangerous acts are up 5%, including drink driving up 6% and child neglect up 20%;
  • Robbery is down 11%, including robbery from the person down 10% and robbery of a bank down 13%, but cash in transit robberies are up 10%;
  • Drug offences are up 4%, including drug importation up 19%, drugs supply up 5% and drug possession up 3%;
  • Weapons offences are down 12.5%, including shootings down 22%, gun possession down 6% and possession of an offensive weapon down 11%;
  • Public order is down 8%.

Homicides in the Northern Region (including Cavan) rose last year, while sexual offences were up in all regions, bar the South Eastern.

Assaults reduced in all regions, bar Dublin and Northern regions. Drug offences fell in Dublin but rose significantly in the South Eastern and Eastern regions.

All regions reported considerable reductions in reported burglaries and thefts.

Commenting on the results, Ms Fitzgerald said the gardaí had achieved “impressive results” in their sustained drive against burglars under Operation Thor and said the Government remained “absolutely committed” to supporting Garda efforts.


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