Crown Prosecution Service finance manager Lisa Burrows and her partner Tahir Mahmood have both been jailed for six years at Birmingham Crown Court for a £1 million expenses fraud involving claims for fictitious taxi journeys.
Conviction rates for rape and domestic violence are at an all-time high.
For victims of these appalling crimes, the message is clear: you can have confidence that the criminal justice system is getting better and better at prosecuting these offences and if your case is charged there is now a very strong chance that your attacker will be convicted.
Offenders too should be warned.
– Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions
However there is clearly more work to do. Violence against women and girls is a key priority for the CPS, and we continue to monitor our progress on these types of cases very closely to ensure we continue to improve our performance.
Government figures show that only a fraction of the thousands of men and women who are victims of sexual crimes each year report what has happened to police.
Around 473,000 women and men are sexually assaulted each year, with one in 20 women reported as being a victim of a serious sexual offence.
But only 54,000 sexual offences are recorded by police on average each 12 months, which it has been claimed is partly because victims are reluctant to come forward.
The Crown Prosecution Service says the number of successful convictions of defendants charged with rape has continued to rise.
- 63.2% of cases where someone was charged with rape resulted in a conviction in 2012/13
- The figure is up from 62.5% the previous year
- The conviction rate for domestic violence was also up by 1% to 74% in 2012/13