Homicide in Scotland, 2015-16

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published Homicide in Scotland, 2015-16. The publication provides information on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2015-16. The main findings are:

Between 2014-15 and 2015-16, the number of homicide cases recorded by the police in Scotland decreased by 8% (5 cases) from 62 to 57. This is the lowest number of recorded homicide cases for a single twelve month period since 1976, the first year for which comparable data are available.

Over the ten year period from 2006-07 to 2015-16, the number of homicide cases in Scotland fell by 52% (62 cases) from 119 to 57.

In 2015-16, 57 victims of homicide were recorded, 8% (5 victims) less than the 62 victims recorded in 2014-15. As at 31 March 2016, only one case of homicide recorded in 2015-16 was unresolved.

In 2015-16, 65 persons were accused of homicide and 86% (56) of them were male (Table 6). Of the 57 victims, 72% (41) were also male.

For each of the last ten years, the most common method of killing was with a sharp instrument. In 2015-16, a sharp instrument was the main method of killing for 51% (29) of homicide victims.

Notes to editors

1. The full statistical publication can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/10/1834

2. The term “sharp instrument” includes knives, broken bottles, swords, sharpened screwdrivers and any other pointed or edged weapons.

3. Further information on Crime and Justice statistics within Scotland can be accessed at:

4. National statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of National statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:


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