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“Increase In Number Of Arrests for Rape and Sexual Assault In Recent Years Highlights Need for Tougher Sentencing” - Tóibín

Statistics released to the political party Aontú show that there has been a steady increase in the number of people arrested for rape or sexual assault over the course of the past decade.

The statistics, released by the Department of Justice, show that in 2011 some 536 people were arrested, and in 2021 the figure had risen to almost 1,000.

 

Speaking today in reaction to the statistics released to him, Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD said:

 

"We need to have a conversation about these figures, a system needs to be established whereby we can track these statistics through the judicial system - how many cases were reported to the Gardaí, how many arrests were made, how many made it to court, how many convictions resulted and how does the sentencing process work. Aontú has serious concerns about the sentencing process, the 'formula' used by the courts in passing down sentences to rapists and sexual predators needs to be explained in lay man’s terms and scrutinised. The sentences vary, and Ireland is far too lenient in terms of our sentencing. We need zero tolerance, and that means stronger sentencing", concluded Deputy Tóibín.

 

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By Aontú Press | 26 January, 2022



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