Sexual offences

Sexual offending experts call for investigation into courthouse abuse of rape victim

Sexual offending experts have called on gardaí to investigate reported abuse and threats aimed at a rape victim in court yesterday.

Published 18 February 2020

Reforms to sexual offence trials in Northern Ireland 'will take time'

The full implementation of Sir John Gillen's recommendations for improving serious sexual offence trials in Northern Ireland "will take time", Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 3 February 2020

Human rights lawyer suggests 'sex-for-rent' landlords could be prosecuted

A prominent human rights lawyer has suggested landlords could face prosecution for requesting sexual favours in lieu of rent.

Published 14 January 2020

Only one in ten reported sexual offences lead to criminal charges

Just over one in ten of sexual offences reported to gardaí last year led to a suspect being charged, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Published 4 December 2019

DPP to establish specialised sexual offences unit next year

A specialised sexual offences unit will be established within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions next year, Ireland's top prosecutor has announced.

Published 18 November 2019

Court of Appeal: Man convicted of raping his wife has sentence increased

A man who was found guilty of raping his wife has had his custodial sentence increased from three years to five-and-a-half years' imprisonment in the Court of Appeal.

Published 21 October 2019

State-funded counselling for rape victims 'increases participation in criminal justice system'

The provision of state-funded counselling and emotional support for rape victims in England and Wales has increased their participation in the criminal justice system, according to a new report published by the Irish Department of Justice.

Published 21 October 2019

Sexual offence laws have not 'kept pace' with online technology

Sexual offence laws in Ireland have not "kept pace with developments in online technology and the almost universal use of internet-enabled devices", a legal expert on rape and sexual assault has said.

Published 4 October 2019

Reported sexual offences up by nine per cent

More than 3,200 sexual offences were reported to gardaí in the year to June, representing a 9.2 per cent increase on the previous year.

Published 30 September 2019

England: CPS taken to task over declining rape prosecutions

The Crown Prosecution Service is "in denial" about declining rape prosecutions and convictions, the victims' watchdog has told The Times.

Published 19 September 2019

Court of Appeal: Rapist is refused application to appeal conviction for failure to comply with notification requirements

A man who was convicted of raping a 91-year-old woman in 2001 has had his application to appeal his conviction for failure to comply with notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 refused.

Published 12 September 2019

Court of Appeal: Successive suspended sentences for 85-year-old sexual offender unduly lenient

A former police officer who was convicted of a number of sexual offences involving children has been sentenced to one year of imprisonment and two years on licence, after the Court of Appeal in Belfast found his suspended sentence to be unduly lenient.

Published 5 September 2019

Sexual offence cases taking average of two years to complete

Sexual offences cases in Northern Ireland took an average of nearly two years to be dealt with last year, according to new figures.

Published 5 September 2019

Sexual offence convictions most likely to be appealed but less likely to succeed

Convictions for sexual offences are the most likely to be appealed but among the least likely to be successfully overturned, according to new analysis by The Irish Times.

Published 2 September 2019

Lawyers claim man's legal entitlement to anonymity breached by Google

Lawyers for a man acquitted of rape last year have told a court that his legal entitlement to anonymity is being breached by Google search results of his name.

Published 2 August 2019