New Zealand Police v Wilton [2017] NZDC 3555

Published 11 October 2018

Burglary — assault with weapon — aggravated assault — unlawfully taking a motor vehicle — using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage — unlawfully being in an enclosed yard — theft — demanding with menace — sentencing. The defendant was sentenced having pleaded guilty, after receiving a sentence indication, to a total of 16 charges; the main charges being burglary and theft. The court noted the extensive offending, the different nature of the charges and the extended period of time in which the offending occurred. Aggravating factors included that the burglaries were of residential addresses which involved a breach of trust, that the assault involved the use of a weapon and striking of the victim upon the head. Use of a weapon and breach of trust were also factors taken into account in the charges relating to using a document and aggravated assault. Mitigating factors include a guilty plea, efforts towards rehabilitation and difficult previous personal circumstances. The defendant was sentenced to a total of three years and two months' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 22 February 2017. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *