A brutal year: 103 domestic assaults reported in Bega Valley

The latest crime data has found the rates of the majority of crimes in the Bega Valley had decreased slightly from the previous year, but there were still many significant incidents including over 100 cases of domestic violence.

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) released the crime data from July 2017 to June 2018.

It also included data from the previous four financial years.  

Picture: Stock image

Picture: Stock image

There were two murders in the Bega Valley in the latest period, which could be accounted for by Gail Winner and Mick Horne, who were killed in separate incidents on June 1 this year.

Ms Winner was stabbed in her own home and Mr Horne killed in an alleged carjacking, in a case that is now before the courts. 

Also, from July 2017 to June 2018 there were 103 cases of domestic violence related assault, which was approximately the same as the previous financial year. 

In the financial year 2015-2016 there were almost 120 cases. 

Sexual assault was about the same as the previous period, at 30 incidents.

But the number of indecent assaults, acts of indecency and other sexual offences had increased from 35 incidents to 42. 

Intimidation, stalking and harassment was at its lowest level in five years, at 116 cases, while stealing from a motor vehicle had made a huge leap from 173 cases in the previous financial year to 95.

Malicious damage to property was also at a five-year low, at 247. 

The most common illicit drug people were charged for possessing or using was cannabis, with 65 such cases.

It was followed by amphetamines, with 23 charges laid over possession or use. 

There were five pornography offences, a slight increase compared to the previous four years. 

On its website, BOCSAR stated it was important to note the recorded statistics for some offences did not accurately reflect the actual level of crime in the Bega Valley.

This was because recorded incidents may be affected by other factors, including the public’s willingness to report crime.

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