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Harassment and threatening behaviour now most common principal federal offence
Harassment and threatening behaviour was the most common principal federal offence amongst defendants finalised within Australia’s criminal courts in 2013-14, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Federal Defendants, Australia 2013-14, presents statistics relating to finalised defendants charged with federal offences and heard in the criminal jurisdiction of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's Courts across Australia for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.
"In 2013-14 there were a total of 10,386 federal defendants finalised in Australia’s criminal courts,” said William Milne from the ABS. "Nine out of ten of these federal defendants were finalised in the Magistrates’ Courts.
“Over a quarter (2,652 defendants) of all federal defendants finalised in 2013-14 had a principal offence of Harassment and threatening behaviour, with 1,808 of these defendants proven guilty. Over one-quarter of defendants with this principal offence had their case withdrawn by the prosecution and a further five per cent were acquitted.
“Of those found guilty of Harassment and threatening behaviour, 84 per cent were sentenced to a non-custodial order, such as a monetary fine.”
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