Bob committed a crime when he was young. After successfully getting away, many years later, it comes out (with good evidence) that he committed the crime, and so he is charged for it. Lastly, after many years in court (due to any number of complicating factors), Bob is finally successfully convicted.
My question is, when sentencing Bob, which age is the most relevant? The age when he committed the crime, the age when he was charged, or the age when he was convicted in court?
Just two examples:
- Bob committed murder at age 12, was caught and convicted at age 25
- Bob committed murder at age 14, was charged at age 16, and only successfully convicted at age 19
Feel free to swap out the crime/ages with what you think is most relevant.
Edit: Of particular note for consideration: isn't the fact that Bob, as an adult, hides a murder, worthy of being charged for any crime whatsoever?