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Homicide in Scotland, 2011-12

Statistical bulletin on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2011-12

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Table 11: Victims of homicide1 by gender and main motive2 for killing, Scotland, 2002-03 to 2011-12

Number

Gender of victim and main motive 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
All victims 125 109 137 95 120 115 99 82 101 90
All victims - solved cases 122 108 135 92 119 112 96 81 100 86
Rage, fury 21 20 22 10 14 23 10 13 20 5
Fight or quarrel 44 41 43 35 34 33 33 27 30 37
Jealousy 4 1 4 4 3 6 6 3 8 2
Sexual 1 2 1 2 3 1 3 4 - 2
Financial (theft or gain) 6 4 6 2 3 1 9 3 8 8
Feud, faction rivalry 13 8 16 11 14 8 8 6 5 8
Insanity 4 - 3 - 3 1 2 1 3 5
Contract killing - 1 - 1 - - - - 2 -
Suicide pact or mercy killing - - - 1 2 1 1 - - 1
Other 14 17 14 10 15 20 7 7 7 8
Unknown 15 14 26 16 28 18 17 17 17 10
Male victims - solved cases 109 101 118 78 110 102 82 65 85 78
Rage, fury 18 20 20 10 14 20 7 6 16 4
Fight or quarrel 38 40 40 28 32 32 32 22 29 36
Jealousy 4 1 4 3 2 6 5 3 7 2
Sexual 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 3 - 2
Financial (theft or gain) 5 3 6 2 3 1 9 2 6 7
Feud, faction rivalry 13 8 16 11 14 8 7 6 5 8
Insanity 3 - 3 - 3 1 1 1 3 4
Contract killing - 1 - 1 - - - - 2 -
Suicide pact or mercy killing - - - 1 2 1 1 - - -
Other 14 13 13 10 11 16 5 7 4 7
Unknown 13 13 15 10 26 16 14 15 13 8
Female victims - solved cases 13 7 17 14 9 10 14 16 15 8
Rage, fury 3 - 2 - - 3 3 7 4 1
Fight or quarrel 6 1 3 7 2 1 1 5 1 1
Jealousy - - - 1 1 - 1 - 1 -
Sexual - - - - - - 2 1 - -
Financial (theft or gain) 1 1 - - - - - 1 2 1
Feud, faction rivalry - - - - - - 1 - - -
Insanity 1 - - - - - 1 - - 1
Contract killing
Suicide pact or mercy killing - - - - - - - - - 1
Other - 4 1 - 4 4 2 - 3 1
Unknown 2 1 11 6 2 2 3 2 4 2

Notes:

1. Figures correct as at 6 November 2012.

2. For further information on the main motive please see Note 4.11.

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