R v Hoko [2017] NZDC 10838

Published 19 September 2017

Sentencing — aggravated robbery — kidnapping. The victim was approached by the defendant in a car park at 8:30 in the morning when she was sitting in her car. The defendant got into the car, held a knife against her stomach and told her to drive. The defendant directed her to a different car park where he told her to sit in the passengers seat, he then tied her hand first to the handbrake, and later to the gear lever. In sentencing the defendant, the court had regard to the planning and premeditation, the weapon used, that a disguise was used, the vulnerability of the victim, and the effects of the offending on her. On the charge of aggravated robbery, the defendant was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 60 percent. Judgment Date: 24 May 2017.