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R v Vea [2019] NZHC 1587

09 July 2019


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Sentencing for murder. Offender ambushed the victim in his home, whom he suspected was having an affair with his wife, and killed him with a machete. Life imprisonment imposed. Further, s 104 of the Sentencing Act engaged since the killing was particularly brutal and involved the unlawful entry into the victim's home. Provisional MPI of 17-and-a-half years nominally reduced by one year to reflect the offender's remorse, early guilty plea and an offer by his family to make amends in the form of the ifoga process. Regardless, a 17-year MPI held not to be manifestly unjust. The offender's personal and cultural background contextualised the offending, but did not justify it in any way. 17-year MPI therefore adopted.

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