New Zealand Police v Hohepa [2017] NZDC 6114

Published 10 August 2017

Sentencing — male assaults female — breach of protection order — assault with intent to injure — wilful damage — strangulation. The defendant pleaded guilty to five charges of breaching a protection order, two assault charges and one charge of willful damage. The defendant had on several occasions breached a protection order against a former partner. On the first occasion, the defendant broke into the victims home and an argument developed between them when the victim arrived home. On a separate occasion the defendant entered the victim's home and refused to leave. The defendant grabbed the victim from behind and put pressure around her neck and throat for approximately one minute until the victim felt as though she was about to pass out. The defendant also broke the victim's SIM card before leaving the address. An uplift in the starting point was applied as the defendant had committed the offences whilst on bail, and for his previous relevant convictions; and a discount was given for prompt guilty pleas. The defendant was sentenced to a total term of imprisonment of two years. Judgment Date: 23 March 2017. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *