R v Watson-Laird [2017] NZDC 10693

Published 11 September 2017

Sentencing — aggravated robbery — unlawfully using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage — unlawfully converting a motor vehicle — wilful damage. The defendant and a co-accused entered the victims address disguised and armed as the victim was sleeping. The defendant poked the victim, waking him from his sleep, producing a knife and pointing it directly at him, the other coaccused produced what the victim believed was a pistol. The defendant retrieved the victims wallet and demanded the pin number. The victim was bound and had tape placed over his mouth. The victim was eventually able to call out for help once the defendant had left. The defendant used the victim's MasterCard to withdraw $2100 over seven transactions. The wilful damage charge relates to an occasion where the defendant damaged a spa bath by using candles inside it causing burn stains. Aggravating features include planning, the use of disguises and being armed, and the victim was physically assaulted. The defendant received a discount for her lesser role, her youth, and guilty plea. The defendant was sentenced to five years and one month's imprisonment. Judgment Date: 16 November 2016