R v McDonald [2017] NZDC 18823

Published 13 March 2018

Possession of Class A drug for supply — methamphetamine — sentencing. The police executed a search at the defendants address on unrelated matters. While the police were trying to gain entry to the property the defendant was observed throwing a bag over the fence. When recovered, the bag was found to contain 112 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of $112,000. The court noted that there was no aggravating factors in that there were no tick lists, and no cash was found at the property. However, the offence having been committed while the defendant was on parole attracted an uplift of of three months. The defendant had also been recalled on on a sentence expiring on April 2018. As there were no connection between this and the previous offending, the sentence on this matter was cumulative. The defendant was sentenced to four years imprisonment. Judgment Date: 23 August 2017