New Zealand Police v Corless [2018] NZDC 3237

Published 30 November 2018

Sentencing — methamphetamine manufacturing — attempting to pervert the course of justice — offering to supply cannabis — offering to supply methamphetamine — supplying methamphetamine — possession of Class B drugs — possession of firearm. The defendant, Mr Corless, appeared for sentencing on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, perverting the course of justice, offering to supply and supplying cannabis and methamphetamine and a Class B drug. In July 2017, emergency services were called to the defendant's home address after an explosion caused the defendant burns and needed urgent medical care. An inspection of the property by police identified a parr bomb, commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Other manufacturing items were found and fingerprint analysis found the defendant's fingerprints on three funnels. Police also reviewed cellphone records and found evidence of offering to supply drugs. Following the police visit, the defendant gave an associate a letter requesting they lie about how he received the chemical burns to obstruct the police investigation. The offending also took place while the defendant was on bail for possession of an airgun rifle and a glass pipe. In a report by the Probation Service, the defendant acknowledged his drug use from a young age, the personal cost of his drug use, and the involvement of his uncle and older brother in methamphetamine manufacturing. The report-writer assessed the defendant as having high motivation to address the causes of his offending. The Judge adopted a starting point of four years 10 months' imprisonment, due to the seriousness of the offending and fact that the defendant is charged on manufacturing methamphetamine on three separate occasions. The Judge then applied an additional 12 months for the other drug offending and a further eight months for the letter to the associate asking them to lie to police. The Judge then applied 20 percent reductions for the defendant's youth and the rehabilitative steps he had taken as well as a reduction of 25 percent for entering guilty pleas. The defendant was subsequently sentenced to four years' imprisonment on one charge of manufacturing methamphetamine, and concurrently sentenced to eight months for perverting the course of justice, ten months for offering to supply cannabis, two years for the representative charge of offering to supply methamphetamine, one year for supplying methamphetamine, one and half years for possession and offering to supply a Class B dug, as well three months for the firearm and pipe offences that the defendant was on bail for. Judgment Date: 21 February 2018.