R v Ionne [2018] NZDC 6186

Published 24 May 2019

Sentencing — wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm — male assaults female — speaking threateningly — wilful damage — R v Taueki [2005] 3 NZLR 372. The defendant appeared for sentence on charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, male assaults female, speaking threateningly, and wilful damage. The defendant had been at one of the victim's home, argued with her, threatened her and grabbed her by the throat. He then punched a hole in the wall. When the other victim asked the defendant to leave, the defendant punched him, continuing to punch and kick him as he lay on the ground. The victim suffered a traumatic brain injury. The offending had several aggravating features — extreme violence, an attack to the head, vulnerable victim, major harm and offending while on bail. The offending fell within band 2 of R v Taueki, meaning a start point of six years' imprisonment. The Court added a six-month uplift for the other offending and offending while on bail. The defendant was allowed credits for his youth, early guilty plea, remorse and willingness to participate in restorative justice, taking the final sentence down to four years two months. Judgment Date: 28 March 2018.