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Homicides (1395A/21)


  1. The number of homicides between 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2020.
  2. From the total number of homicide offences during these times, how many have occurred between Monday to Thursday and Friday to Sunday?
  3. Of the reported homicides, how many have been solved?
  4. From the case that have been solved, how many offenders were intoxicated with alcohol?
  5. Was forensic evidence available at the scene of these homicide offences?


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. This is because the information requested for questions 2, 4 & 5 is not centrally collated, therefore in order to determine this detail we would have to manually review each individual homicide during that time period, which would be 239 cases. However, to conduct this manual search would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

This means that the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request.

However, in line with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request. Therefore, I can provide the information requested for questions 1 & 3, please find this below.

  1. 239
  2. 180*

*The solved figures are those that have been convicted at court. However, due to Covid-19 there are delays with trials going through court for the last couple of years.

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:


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