586. Determining the seriousness of the offence.

In considering the seriousness of any offence, the court1 must consider the offender's culpability2 in committing the offence and any harm3 which the offence caused, was intended to cause or might foreseeably have caused4.

In considering the seriousness of an offence (the 'current offence') committed by an offender who has one or more previous convictions5, 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:


    (1)     the nature of the offence to which the conviction relates and