Personal mitigating factors which may be considered include the offender's previous good character1, any assistance he may have given to the police as to offences committed by others which leads to their apprehension and prosecution2, any serious delay between the commission of the offence and trial3 (which in some cases could violate the defendant's Convention right to a fair hearing4) and the fact that the crime would not have been committed but for the activities of an informer or police officer
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