Sexual assaults, murders on the rise in Toowoomba

THERE has been a dramatic rise in sex assault charges across the Toowoomba region.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions' annual report reveals there were 311 sex offence charges in the past financial year.

The figures for 2013-14 were up 118 compared to 193 adult, child and computer-based sex offences in 2012-2013.

About 318 people (down 12 on 2012-13) faced 1006 charges (up 69) in Toowoomba's District and Supreme courts in 2013-2014.

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Property offences rose 46 in the 12 months to 255 charges.

Also up was murder, with three charges compared to two on the previous 12 months.

There was a fall in drug offences, with 160 charges before the courts last financial year compared to 240 on the previous 12 months.

Motor vehicle, sentencing breach and violence charges also dropped.

A spokesman for Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the figures did not reflect overall crime rates.

"Reported crime is down 11% state-wide," he said.

"Serious offences such as sexual assault and murder have decreased across the state since 2012 and we're working every day to keep them down."

Offences for the past two financial years from the Toowoomba supreme and district courts include the following:

  • Charges 2013-14, 2012-13
  • Murder: 3, 2
  • Attempted murder: 2, 3
  • Manslaughter: 0,
  • Dangerous driving causing death: 1, 2
  • Sex offences: 311, 193
  • Violent offences: 100, 125
  • Drug offences: 160, 240
  • Property offences: 255, 209
  • Motor vehicle offences: 27, 28
  • Other offences: 109, 94
  • Suspended sentences: 23, 26
  • Sentencing breaches: 13, 14
  • Total charges: 1006, 937
  • Total accused: 318, 330
  • Source: Director of Public Prosecutions annual reports for 2013-14 and 2012-13.

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