77. Persistent offenders.

Provision is made for a youth rehabilitation order to be made in respect of a persistent offender1.

Where:

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    (1)     a person aged 16 or 17 is convicted of an offence (the 'current offence')2;

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    (2)     until a day to be appointed3, on three or more previous occasions he has, on conviction by a court in the United Kingdom4 of any offence committed by him after attaining the age of 16, had passed on him a sentence consisting only of a fine, or, as from that day, on three or more previous occasions a sentence consisting only of a fine has been