R v Petra [2017] NZDC 24400

Published 14 June 2018

Threatening to kill — intentional damage — burglary — attempting to pervert the course of justice — wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm — sentencing — R v Taueki [2005] 3 NZLR 372 (CA) — R v Jury [2014] NZHC 687 — Watene v R [2014] NZCA 381. The defendant was sentenced on six charges for offending in respect of two victims: a former partner and her partner. The charges included threatening to kill, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice. The defendant had driven to the victim's address, drove his vehicle onto the property causing damage to a shed and a caravan before getting out of the vehicle and threatening one of the victims with a machete. Following charges having been made in relation to this offending, the defendant threatened his former partner, via text message, with being stabbed if she did not drop the charges. The defendant went to the victims' address and forced his way into the property, chasing one victim out of the property and stabbing the other to the chest causing a serious injury. Aggravating factors of the offending were the use of weapons, that the defendant unlawfully and forcefully entered the victim's home, that serious injury was sustained by one of the victims, premeditation and the fact that the offending was a part of an "ongoing campaign" against the victims spanning five months. A discount was applied for the defendant's guilty plea, willingness to participate in restorative justice, attempts to rehabilitate and remorse. The defendant was sentenced to 10 years and nine months' imprisonment with no minimum period of imprisonment. Judgment Date: 27 October 2017.