R v Baikie [2017] NZDC 27127

Published 13 September 2018

Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm — stabbing — sentencing — strike warning — R v Taueki [2005] 3 NZLR 372 (CA) — R v Goodin [2017] NZDC 3984. The defendant pleaded guilty at the earliest possible opportunity to one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm arising out of an incident where he stabbed the victim in the stomach with a nine centimetre knife when the victim approached him. The victim suffered injuries to the stomach and required hospitalisation. Mitigation features were the defendant's remorse, mental health, co-operation with the police and the fact that immediately went to the police station and confessed. A full credit was given for the defendant's guilty plea. The court accepted that there was no premeditation, that the offending was spontaneous and that the defendant had the knife on him for work purposes rather than having acquired a knife for the purpose of stabbing the victim. The defendant was sentenced to four years and seven months' imprisonment, an order was also made for the destruction of the knife. The defendant was given a strike warning. Judgment Date: 27 November 2017.