Paedophiles and rapists ‘are getting off with just a caution’

Daily Mail
15.04.2011
By Daily Mail Reporter

Rapists, paedophiles and kidnappers are among the serious criminals getting away with just a caution, figures have revealed.

A total of 1,405 offenders received a ticking off rather than facing the full force of the law last year - including 22 rapists and 144 who had sex with girls under the legal age.

There were 129 people cautioned for the offence of wounding or other act endangering life, while four people who threatened to kill another person and 91 arrested for malicious wounding were not convicted.

The figures were released by the Ministry of Justice after a request from Conservative MP Philip Davies for figures detailing the number of indictable-only offences that ended up with just a caution.

An indictable offence is a crime that is so serious it can only be handled by crown courts because the sentencing powers of magistrates’ courts are too limited.

Cautions are the lowest sanctions, but they are only given when a crime is admitted but there is no penalty.

The figures also show that 224 people were cautioned for perverting the course of justice while 21 were given warnings for escaping lawful custody.

Mr Davies, who represents the Bradford constituency, told the Sun, ‘Nobody should be getting a caution for these serious offences, it is unacceptable.’

He added that they ‘fly in the face’ of the assertion by Justice Secretary Ken Clarke that too many people are going to prison.

‘Most people would say there are not enough,’ he said.

The Ministry of Justice said in a statement: ‘We normally expect those accused of violent offences to be brought to court.

‘It is however possible for police to issue a caution if they think that is the most appropriate response.’

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