Common public interest

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  • Created on: 21-12-15 17:07
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  • Common Public Interest Factors
    • A prosecution is more likely to be required if: a conviction is likely to result in a significant sentence
    • a conviction is likely to result in an order of the court in excess of that which a prosecutor is able to secure through a conditional caution;
    • the offence involved the use of a weapon or the threat of violence
    • the offence was committed against a person serving the public (for example, a member of the emergency services; a police or prison officer; a health or social welfare professional; or a provider of public transport);
    • the offence was premeditated
    • the offence was carried out by a group
    • the offence was committed in the presence of, or in close proximity to, a child; the offence was committed in order to facilitate more serious offending
    • the victim of the offence was in a vulnerable situation and the suspect took advantage of this
    • The offence was motivated by any form of discrimination against the victim's ethnic or national origin, gender, disability, age, religion or belief, political views, sexual orientation or gender identity; or the suspect demonstrated hostility towards the victim based on any of those characteristics
    • There was an element of corruption of the victim in the way the offence was committed
    • There was a marked difference in the ages of the suspect and the victim and the suspect took advantage of this
    • There was a marked difference in the levels of understanding of the suspect and the victim and the suspect took advantage of this
    • The suspect was in a position of authority or trust and he or she took advantage of this
    • The suspect was a ringleader or an organiser of the offence
    • The suspect's previous convictions or the previous out-of-court disposals which he or she has received are relevant to the present offence
    • The suspect is alleged to have committed the offence in breach of an order of the court
    • ·       There are grounds for believing that the offence is likely to be continued or repeated

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