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R v Jiang [2019] NZHC 3442

19 December 2019

Decision

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Summary

The defendant appeared for sentence having been found guilty of the murder of his wife. In April 2018, the couple who are both Swiss nationals and were in their early 60s at the time, were in New Zealand on a tour. In the early hours of 27 April 2018, the couple had an argument over the defendant's emotional infidelity and the defendant strangled his wife. There was nothing unusual nor exceptional about the defendant's offending which would make a sentence of life imprisonment manifestly unjust. Having regard to the aggravating and mitigating factors of the case, and in light of cases in similar circumstances, a minimum period of 10 years' imprisonment was appropriate.


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