R v Bartlett [2017] NZDC 11419

Published 13 October 2017

Sentencing — resentencing — receiving a motor vehicle — dangerous driving — driving whilst disqualified — failure to stop — attempting to obstruct or pervert the course of justice. The defendant purchased a vehicle that he knew to be stolen and, when signalled to stop by police, the defendant drove away in a way that caused the police to abandon the chase. The defendant intentionally drove on the wrong side of the road at high speeds. The police later recovered the vehicle and the defendant hidden in a bush, when asked, the defendant gave the police his brother's name instead of his own. The court noted that the defendant had undertaken a number of actions to pervert justice, and that he had rejected rehabilitative sentencing options. An uplift was also given for the defendant's previous relevant convictions, and for the fact that the defendant was subject to a sentence at the time of offending. A discount was given for the defendant's youth. The defendant was sentenced to a total of two years and five months' imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for a further three months. Judgment Date: 26 May 2017.