41A. Assessing seriousness.

In considering1 the seriousness of an offence (or of the combination of an offence and one or more offences associated with it), the court2 must have regard to the general statutory principles relating to the determination of minimum terms in mandatory life sentences3 and to any guidelines4 relating to offences in general which are relevant to the case and are not incompatible with those general principles5. Nevertheless, the assessment of seriousness involves a broad judgment of the overall criminality6 and each case depends critically on its particular facts, and if the judge concludes that it is appropriate to follow