R v Roberts [2018] NZDC 20880

Published 19 July 2019

Sentencing — injuring with intent — use of knife — attack to neck — R v Taueki [2005] 3 NZLR 372. The defendant appeared for sentence on one charge of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He attacked the victim with a 22 centimetre long knife, stabbing her arm and twice attempting to stab her neck. He also punched her a number of times. Aggravating features were use of a (potentially lethal) weapon, prolonged violence, unprovoked attack, and a vulnerable victim. The offending fell into the middle of band 2 of R Taueki, given the potentially life-threatening violence. The start point for sentence was six years, uplifted by six months for prior convictions. The defendant earned an 18-month discount for guilty plea, resulting in a final sentence of five years' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 28 September 2018.