£244K paid out to victims of violent crime

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Nearly a quarter of a million pounds was paid out last year as compensation to victims of violent crime.

But payments under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme are down on most previous years.

Figures in a report due to be presented at this week’s Tynwald sitting show that 24 awards were made totalling £244,318 under the scheme in 2012-13.

This compares to more than £307,000 the previous year and more than £920,000 in 2009-10.

Of the 24 awards made last year, two were for sums of more than £25,000 but most were compensations payments of £5,000 or less.

A total of 28 pay-outs were to victims of physical injury, six for sexual assault or rape, two for assaults on a police officer and two awards were to children under 18. Twenty three awards were for injuries sustained in Douglas.

There were 66 cases heard during the year, of which nine were rejected. There are 43 cases still outstanding including those from previous years.

For a claim to be successful, injuries must meet the minimum award level of £1,000. There has to be independent evidence of violent crime and the behaviour of applicants has to be taken into account.

The report notes: ‘The scheme is an expression of public sympathy and support for innocent victims.

‘When considering the application the tribunal panel will also take into account the conduct of the applicant before, during and after the incident. It may not be appropriate for a person to receive compensation for injuries sustained in circumstances where he or she was an aggressor.’

Applications for compensation are only considered if submitted within two years of the incident. Outstanding cases may be held pending police or medical reports, or the outcome of civil proceedings.

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