HL Deb 04 May 2000 vol 612 c188WA
Lord Monson

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many men were convicted of bestiality in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years for which statistics are available; of these, how many were (a) imprisoned, (b) fined, and (c) put on probation or otherwise dealt with; and what was the longest sentence of imprisonment. [HL2229]

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Available information from 1996 to 1998 is given in the table. Prior to 1996, data for buggery offences involving animals were included with buggery offences involving boys aged under 16 and female victims and therefore cannot be separately identified.

Number of males convicted at the Crown Court for offences of buggery or attempted buggery with an animal1 by result, England and Wales, 1996–1998
Year Total convicted Fine Probation order Community service order Combination order Immediate custody Average sentence length (yrs) Longest sentence given (yrs)
1996 4 2 2
1997 1 1
1998 6 1 2 3 3.1 5
1 S12 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 as amended by s143 & s144 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.