R v Haronga [2017] NZDC 20286

Published 14 March 2018

Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm — assault — sentencing — R v Flavell [2011] NZCA 361. The defendant was sentenced having pleaded guilty to wounding the victim with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm. The defendant and others entered the private dwelling of the victim and his family with the intent of assaulting him. The victim was struck to the head with an empty glass bottle, before striking him with his fist and with a full bottle. Aggravating features included the home invasion, unprovoked attack, the vulnerability of the victim, the number of attackers and attacks to the head. In respect of aggravating features the court noted the care needed not to treat the attacks to the head and the use of a weapon as two factors as they involved essentially the same act. A small deduction was given for the defendant's expression of remorse; and for his guilty plea. The defendant was sentenced to seven years and one month's imprisonment. Judgment Date: 7 September 2017.