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Publication - Research Publication

Religiously aggravated offending in Scotland 2016-2017

Published: 9 Jun 2017
Part of:
Equality and rights, Law and order, Research
ISBN:
9781788510080

Analysis of charges reported under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

26 page PDF

917.6kB

26 page PDF

917.6kB

Contents
Religiously aggravated offending in Scotland 2016-2017
1. Introduction

26 page PDF

917.6kB

1. Introduction

This report presents information about religiously aggravated offending in Scotland in 2016-17 based on a review of police charges issued under section 74 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003. The Act [3] states that an offence is aggravated by religious prejudice if:

a) at the time of committing the offence or immediately before or after doing so, the offender evinces towards the victim (if any) of the offence malice and ill-will based on the victim's membership (or presumed membership) of a religious group, or of a social or cultural group with a perceived religious affiliation; or

b) the offence is motivated (wholly or partly) by malice and ill-will towards members of a religious group, or of a social or cultural group with a perceived religious affiliation, based on their membership of that group.

Research aims

This report presents a breakdown of the charges reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service ( COPFS) in 2016-17 to provide insight into the nature of religiously aggravated offending in Scotland. The research sought to find out the age and sex of the accused; who the offensive conduct was directed towards; where the incidents took place; if they were related to alcohol, drugs, football, marches or parades; which religions were targeted; and the provisional court outcomes of charges.


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