R v Te Hiko [2017] NZDC 23302

Published 13 December 2018

Cultivating cannabis — domestic violence — sentencing — wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm — Hessell v R [2010] NZSC 135 — R v Taueki [2005] 3 NZLR 372 (CA). The defendant faced sentencing having pleaded guilty to one charge of cultivation of cannabis, and a charge of wounding the victim with the intent to cause her grievous bodily harm. The victim suffered injuries that caused short-term memory problems, emotional harm and required hospitalisation. The court took a starting point of six years' imprisonment with regard to "Taueki" and applied an uplift to reflect the defendant's previous violence convictions. The defendant was given a discount for his guilty plea and was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of four years and eight months in respect of the violence charge, and three months concurrently on the charge of cultivation of cannabis. The court found that no minimum period of imprisonment was warranted and accordingly did not impose one. Judgment Date: 13 October 2017.