R v Amy Simeon-Smith [2016] NZDC 15446

Published 10 January 2017

Blackmail — Crimes Act 1961, ss 237 and 238 — sentencing. The defendant was sentenced to 90 days community work and ordered to pay $500 reparation for a charge of blackmail. Blackmail carries a maximum sentence of 14 years’ imprisonment under s 238 of the Crimes Act, although cases where imprisonment was imposed could be distinguished from the facts of this case. Also, mitigating factors outweighed aggravating factors. Judgment Date: 28 July 2016.