Wednesday 28 September 2016

Rate of gun homicide almost six times higher than in England and Wales

Cathal McMahon

Published 31/03/2016 | 02:30

Dean Johnson was shot dead near his home in Clondalkin, West Dublin, in August 2013 in a case of mistaken identity
Dean Johnson was shot dead near his home in Clondalkin, West Dublin, in August 2013 in a case of mistaken identity

The rate of gun homicide in Ireland is nearly six times higher than in England and Wales.

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More than 200 people have been shot dead in Ireland in the past decade, around half the number of those killed in England and Wales despite their vastly larger population.

CSO figures show that 201 people were shot dead in the State between 2005 and 2015. A further 262 people were shot and injured.

In England and Wales, where there is more than 10 times the population (56 million), Office of National Statistics figures reveal that there were just 420 gun murders in the same 10-year period.

This works out at an average of 0.44 gun homicides per 100,000 of population in Ireland per annum, but just 0.075 in England and Wales - almost six times higher.

The family of one victim here have called for stricter firearm control and greater resources for gardaí investigating serious crimes.

Dean Johnson (21) was shot dead near his home in Clondalkin, West Dublin, in August 2013 in a case of mistaken identity.

His brother Andrew said the statistics were "crazy". "Gun crime is out of control in this country. When someone close to you is killed, you have to deal with it every day," he said.

Irish Independent

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