R v Matchitt - [2021] NZHC 2747

Date of Judgment

14 October 2021

Decision

R v Matchitt (PDF 193 KB)

Summary

Sentencing for manslaughter following guilty verdict at trial. Offending when drunk offender (49) attacked vulnerable victim (77) causing extensive injuries leading to fatal bronchial pneumonia. Offender denied responsibility. Offending placed in upper band 2/lower band 3 Taueki, aggravated by attacks to the head, vulnerability, extreme violence and extensive loss (death}. Starting point of nine years' imprisonment. Six month uplift for history of violent offending. 12 month discount for personal circumstances. Nine month discount  for two years and four months spent on EM bail. End sentence seven years nine months' imprisonment. 50 per cent MPI imposed.