R v Douglas  NZDC 3508
Published 05 February 2019
Aggravated robbery — sentencing — R v Mako  2 NZLR 170.
The defendant faced sentence on one charge of aggravated robbery and one of unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle. He and a male associate had robbed a store while wearing hooded sweatshirts. The associate had a firearm. The sum of $2180 was taken in the robbery. The associate then demanded that the sole store attendant, the victim, give him his car keys. The defendant and the associate then left in the victim's car.
The court found that an appropriate starting point for sentence was six years' imprisonment. Aggravating features of the offending included group offending, use of a firearm, and danger to the public. Because of the defendant's relative youth, the court saw no need to uplift the sentence for unlawfully getting into the motorcar or for his previous convictions.
The court awarded a 25 percent discount for an early guilty plea and declined to make an order for reparations, considering such an order would be unrealistic. The final sentence was four years six months' imprisonment.
Judgment Date: 26 February 2018.