Section 143 Criminal Justice Act 2003 provides:
“(1) In considering the seriousness of any offence, the court must consider the offender's culpability in committing the offence
and any harm
which the offence caused, was intended
to cause or might forseeably have caused.
(2) In considering the seriousness of an offence (“the current offence”) committed by an offender who has one or more previous convictions, the court must treat each previous conviction as an aggravating factor
if (in the case of that conviction) the court considers that it can reasonably be so treated having regard, in particular, to-
- (a) the nature of the offence to which the conviction relates and its relevance to
- the current offence, and
(b) the time that has elapsed since the conviction.
- (3) In considering the seriousness of any
- offence committed while the offender was on bail, the court must treat the fact that it was committed in those circumstances as an aggravating factor.”