Blades used in nearly half of mur­ders as deaths rise

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - By Rachel Wat­son Deputy Scot­tish Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

KNIVES, blades and sharp ob­jects were used in al­most half of all mur­ders last year as fig­ures rose.

A to­tal of 61 peo­ple were killed in 2018-19, a rise of 2 per cent from the pre­vi­ous year.

Of those, 44 per cent died from wounds caused by a ‘sharp in­stru­ment’ in­clud­ing knives, bro­ken bot­tles, swords and screw­drivers.

Two-thirds of the 46 male vic­tims were killed by an ac­quain­tance, while 60 per cent of the 15 women were killed by a cur­rent or ex-part­ner, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fig­ures show.

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive jus­tice spokesman Liam Kerr said: ‘The SNP re­peat­edly said it was go­ing to get tough on knife crime, but that doesn’t ap­pear to have hap­pened.’

Fig­ures in­di­cate that 35 per cent of those ac­cused of mur­der were un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol. Of all 61 cases, three re­main un­solved.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Humza Yousaf said: ‘While the num­ber of homi­cides in Scot­land is sig­nif­i­cantly lower than a decade ago, any death is one too many.’

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