R v Roberts [2017] NZDC 9862

Published 20 November 2017

Sentencing — sexual violation by rape — sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection — sexual conduct with a child. The defendant was sentenced for offending against two children in a family context, having been found guilty by a jury. The aggravating features included the breach of trust, the vulnerability of the victims, the harm caused to the victims, the scale and duration of the offending and the high degree of planning and premeditation. The sentenced was reduced to reflect the difficulty that the defendant's health would have on his imprisonment. The defendant was sentenced to a total term of imprisonment of 16 years, no minimum period of imprisonment was imposed. Judgment Date: 11 May 2017. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *