R v Natana [2017] NZDC 10614

Published 11 September 2017

Sentencing — assault — kidnaps — aggravated robbery — breach of protection order — male assaults female — intent to injure — threatening to kill. The defendant was in a relationship with the a person who also faced charges for what took place. She (the co-accused) had been selling sexual services to the victim. She was unhappy with how much food the victim had purchased for her and started to argue with the victim. The defendant got involved at this point and started to attack the victim by punching him in the face. The victim eventually handed over property, including jewellery and a bank card, which the co-accused was unable to withdraw money from). The victim was then made to remove his clothing and was placed in the boot of his vehicle, driven to a remote location and beaten. The defendant was also found to have breached a protection order against the co-accused and has assaulted her repeatedly. The defendant also pleaded guilty to burglary, where he broke into a woman's home and helped himself to property. The defendant was sentenced to three years imprisonment and given a strike warning. Judgment Date: 22 May 2017 * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *