New Zealand Police v Zachan [2017] NZDC 10680

Published 11 September 2017

Sentencing — burglary. The defendant approached a residential address and entered through a back door. This set off an alarm which the defendant silenced by ripping it from the wall. Whilst gaining entry to the property the defendant had cut himself so took two handkerchiefs to try and stop the bleeding. The defendant then went to a second property where he took two hard drives, an iPad and case. During that burglary the defendant dropped one of the handkerchiefs leading to identification as him as the burglar. The court noted one of the features of the offending being the sheer volume of previous convictions for burglaries. The court was not satisfied that a full discount should be given for a guilty plea given that the primary evidence relied upon was the DNA analysis, but instead gave a 15% discount. The defendant was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment. Judgment Date: 23 May 2017