R v Peka [2017] NZDC 10782

Published 19 September 2017

Sentencing — intention to cause grievous bodily harm — knife — deportation from Australia. the defendant went to the victims address and yelled at him to come out of the house. An altercation ensued and the defendant pulled out a butchers knife and stabbed the victim seven times. One of the onlookers described the defendant as laughing at the victim after he had stabbed him multiple times. The court noted that this will be the defendants first conviction in New Zealand after being removed from Australia, and that he came with a number of concerning criminal charges. Aggravating features of this offending included premeditation, that the defendant had armed himself and that he called for the victim to come out. A discount was given for the defendants early guilty plea and for his youth and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. Judgment Date:24 May 2017