R v Anderson [2017] NZDC 27135

Published 14 September 2018

Possession of methamphetamine for supply — possession of an offensive weapon — driving while suspended — sentencing — Hessell v R [2010] NZSC 135. The defendant was sentenced having accepted a sentencing indication on possession of 24 grams of methamphetamine as well as driving and possession of offensive weapons charges. The court noted that the offending represented a clear escalation in offending and the significant harm that the quantity of methamphetamine could cause. Discounts were given to reflect the defendant's guilty plea and remorse. The court noted that the crown had suggested that a full expression of remorse would have included the defendant assisting police with the origin of the drugs, this position was not accepted by the court. The defendant was sentenced to six years and two months' imprisonment on the drugs charges, with a minimum period of imprisonment of 50 per cent. The defendant received concurrent sentences of nine months' imprisonment on the charge of possession of an offensive weapon and three months' imprisonment on the driving whilst suspended charges. The defendant was also disqualified from driving for one year and one day and forfeiture from the proceeds of the sale of the defendant's motorbike was ordered. Judgment Date: 30 November 2017.