We would normally say, "in the light of...."
"In the presence of" means to do something when someone, usually named, is there, but even then it's a bit old-fashioned.
You could something like, "He said I was lazy in the presence of my boss", but you'd be more likely to say, "..when my boss was there."
So for crimes, you'd say, "In the light of his past record....."
buggles (not a teacher)
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