271 charged for serious sexual offences last year
23 January, 2020, 1:35 pm
A TOTAL of 271 people were charged with a total of 578 counts of separate incidents of serious sexual offences in last year.
Statistics released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) stated that 368 rape cases, 17 attempted rape, one aiding and abetting rape, five assault with intent to rape, 22 abduction with intent to rape, 26 indecent assault, 26 defilement, one attempted defilement and 112 sexual assault that were recorded for the year.
The ODPP highlighted that the youngest accused person was a 13-year-old boy while the youngest victim was a three-year-old girl.
The statistics noted there were 269 victims of whom 183 victims were under the age of 18 years.