464 homicides in 2020, not one conviction
By Paneetha Ameresekere
Police recorded 464 cases of homicide last year, of which not a single conviction was reached by the end of that year, 10 were disposed of, 341 were still being investigated by Police, while another 112 cases were before Court and the AG’s Department, Police grave crime data released on Monday (14) showed.
Police statistics also showed that there were 28 cases of human trafficking recorded last year, of which number too Police were unable to secure any convictions by the end of that year, while 26 of those cases were still being investigated, and the balance two were before the AG’s Department/Court by end 2020.
Meanwhile, there were 633 abduction cases reported in 2020, of which five convictions were obtained, total disposed of 27, before Court/AG’s Department 154, and investigations incomplete 446. Kidnappings reported last year 166, total successful convictions one only, disposed of six, investigations continuing 122, and before Court/AG’s Department 30.
Extortion cases recorded last year 120, two convictions, total disposed of nine, still investigating 76, and before Court 35. Arson cases reported in 2020, 338; convictions six, total disposed of 42, investigations still continuing 222, and before Court 92. In related developments, Police in 2019 recorded 479 homicide cases, of which two convictions were obtained that year, total disposed of 20, investigations still continuing 299, and before Court 160.
2019 also saw nine cases of human trafficking reported to the Police, of which Police were unable to make any convictions that year, investigating eight, and before Court one by the end of last year. Year 2019 saw 663 abduction cases reported, 11 convictions obtained that year, 38 cases disposed of, before Court/AG’s Department 169, and investigations incomplete as at 2019, 455.
Total number of kidnapping cases reported in 2019 was 212, of which two cases ended with convictions, a total of 22 cases disposed of, incomplete investigations as at 2019, 133, and before Court/AG’s Department 181. Extortion cases reported in 2019 were 106, convictions four, disposed of 13, investigations to be completed 55, and before Court 37. Arson cases reported in 2019, 510, convictions won four, disposed of 64, investigations yet to be completed 351, and before Court 92.