R v Te Hana - [2022] NZHC 2424

Date of Judgment

21 September 2022

Decision

R v Te Hana (PDF 227 KB)

Summary

Sentencing manslaughter.
Victim was punched then stomped on the head three times after he threatened to assault a female visitor and hen directed racial slurs at defendant.
Upper band 2 Taueki starting point eight and a half years' imprisonment. Nine month reduction reflect conduct of victim. Ten per cent uplift to reflect significant history of violent offending. Twenty per cent credit for guilty plea and 15 per cent for personal matters detailed in cultural and psychiatric reports. End sentence five years, 11 months. MPI of 50 per cent appropriate to denounce and deter.