1.1 This report presents information about religiously aggravated offending in Scotland in 2012-13, based on a review of police charges issued under section 74 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003. The Act states that an offence is aggravated by religious prejudice if:
(a) at the time of committing the offence or immediately before or after doing so, the offender evinces towards the victim (if any) of the offence malice and ill-will based on the victim's membership (or presumed membership) of a religious group, or of a social or cultural group with a perceived religious affiliation; or
(b) the offence is motivated (wholly or partly) by malice and ill-will towards members of a religious group, or of a social or cultural group with a perceived religious affiliation, based on their membership of that group.
1.2 This report presents a further breakdown of the charges reported to COPFS in 2012-13, to provide a greater insight into the nature of religious offending in Scotland.
1.3 The research sought to find out the age and sex of the accused; who the offensive conduct was directed towards; where incidents took place; if they were related to alcohol, drugs, football or marches and parades; which religions were targeted, and the final court outcomes for the charges.
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