Where a court has passed a mandatory life sentence in circumstances where the sentence is fixed by law1 and has chosen a starting point2 for the application of the early release provisions3 it must then take into account any aggravating or mitigating factors, to the extent that it has not allowed for them in its choice of starting point4. Aggravating factors5 that may be relevant include6:
(1) a significant degree of planning or premeditation7;
(2) the fact that the victim was particularly vulnerable because of age or disability
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