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R v Wheble [2019] NZHC 1301

11 June 2019


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Sentencing for attempted murder. Second strike offence. Offender approached fellow inmate in communal prison area and slashed his throat with a razor blade. He made two more unsuccessful attempts to cut his throat and then stomped on his head when he was on the ground, followed by six kicks to the head and body. The Court adopted a starting point of 10 years imprisonment, distinguishing it from more serious attempted murders in the prison environment where the victim was intentionally isolated from potential support. No uplift imposed for previous offending due to the offender having to serve the entire sentence without parole. A discount of 10 percent provided for various personal factors.

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