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6 .         Principles of sentencing

        (1)         A sentence imposed on an offender must be commensurate with the seriousness of the offence.

        (2)         The seriousness of an offence must be determined by taking into account —

            (a)         the statutory penalty for the offence; and

            (b)         the circumstances of the commission of the offence, including the vulnerability of any victim of the offence; and

            (c)         any aggravating factors; and

            (d)         any mitigating factors.

        (3)         Subsection (1) does not prevent the reduction of a sentence because of —

            (a)         any mitigating factors; or

            (b)         any rule of law as to the totality of sentences.

        (4)         A court must not impose a sentence of imprisonment on an offender unless it decides that —

            (a)         the seriousness of the offence is such that only imprisonment can be justified; or

            (b)         the protection of the community requires it.

        (5)         A court sentencing an offender must take into account any relevant guidelines in a guideline judgment given under section 143.

        (6)         For the purpose of subsection (4), an order under section 58 that a person be imprisoned is not a sentence of imprisonment.

        [Section 6 amended: No. 23 of 2001 s. 12.]

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