If the defendant admits other offences outstanding against him and consents to this course1, the judge in passing sentence may, and often does, take such offences into consideration2. Offences taken into consideration have relevance to the overall criminality3. In general only offences which are similar to those in respect of which the defendant has been convicted should be taken into consideration4. Offences should not be taken into consideration if they are dissimilar, even where the prosecution consents, unless the judge considers it proper to do so5; nor should they be taken into consideration if the court would not have
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