Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (116)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

116. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the outcome of bike theft court cases in each of the years 2016 to 2018. [3393/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, which include the provision of information on the courts system.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts service has provided the Report below which sets out the outcomes for bike theft court cases in each of the years 2016 to 2018. 

The Court Service has advised that it's important to note that the Report is for offence Section 112(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 which is a coded offence, specifically relating to bicycle theft. Offences may have been prosecuted under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 which is general theft but they cannot say which, if any, related to theft of bicycles. Similarly, some offences could have been prosecuted using uncoded free text code against which they cannot report.

In looking at the outcomes, it's also important to remember that the offences may have been prosecuted in conjunction with other offences e.g. criminal damage, which might impact on the sentences imposed.

Report on the outcomes for bike theft court cases in each of the years 2016 to 2018

Order

No of Orders

Jan – Dec 2016

No of Orders

Jan – Dec 2017

No of Orders

Jan – Dec 2018

Community Service Order

0

2

1

Dismiss

4

7

9

Dismiss Probation Act

11

6

8

Disqualification

1

0

0

Fine

21

25

21

Imprisonment/Detention

11

34

30

Imprisonment/Detention Part Suspended

1

1

1

Imprisonment/Detention Suspended

8

10

4

No Order

6

6

6

Other

1

0

2

Peace Bond

2

3

6

Poor Box

2

1

2

Probation Order

21

17

19

Strike Out

44

50

52

Taken Into Consideration

48

98

102

Withdrawn

8

22

11

 Total

189

282

274

Note: If a person received more than one order it will appear twice on the report e.g. if a person received a fine and imprisonment it will appear twice on the report.

Question No. 117 answered with Question No. 114.