286. Requirement to take account of defendant's means.

In determining whether to make a compensation order1 against any person, and in determining the amount to be paid by any person under such an order, the court must have regard to his means2 so far as they appear or are known to the court3. It is no use making a compensation order if there is no realistic possibility of it being complied with4. In particular, a compensation order should not be made in conjunction with a custodial sentence if its effect would be to subject the offender on discharge from custody to a financial burden which he might