R v Patton [2017] NZDC 12956

Published 12 October 2017

Sentencing — importing methamphetamine. The defendant was contacted on Facebook by an unknown male called Miracle Man. Miracle Man sent the defendant a photograph of what he said was product. At this stage the defendant thought this was a joke, but asked what percentage he would get for his work. Profits were agreed to be shared on a 60/40 basis and the defendant agreed for the first package to be sent to his home address in a fictitious name. Once the package arrived at the defendants home a search was executed and the goods were seized. There were no personal aggravating factors. In regards to mitigating factors the court acknowledged that the defendant had a good character and the offending was out of character, facilitated by the defendants vulnerability to temptation. The defendant was sentenced to two years and six months' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 14 June 2017