R v Hayward [2017] NZDC 25501

Published 10 August 2018

Importing class B controlled drug — ephedrine — attempting to pervert the course of justice — sentencing. The defendant had pleaded guilty to two charges of importing ephedrine, a class B drug, and of attempting to pervert the course of justice after he had approached a co-defendant and pressured her to write a letter stating that he was not going to get paid for his role in the importation. The court found that it was unable to take into account the defendant's head injury as a reason for his offending, nor was it able to consider the traumatic effects of experiencing a house fire. A discount was given for the guilty pleas. The defendant was sentenced to three years and nine months' imprisonment on the importation charges; and nine months' and two weeks' imprisonment on the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The sentences were to be served cumulatively leaving a total sentence of four years, six months and two weeks' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 8 November 2017.