R v Van Deventer [2017] NZDC 8269

Published 19 December 2017

Reserved judgment — re-prosecution — Harmful Digital Communications Act 2005 — Police v B 2017 NZHC 256. The defendant and the victim were in a relationship for approximately 10 years. The relationship ended and the defendant later found out that the victim was in a new relationship. The defendant "bombarded" the victim with emails and phonecalls, the defendant left a number of voicemails after the victim blocked his number. The court had regard to the evidence and was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant did intend to cause harm to the victim. The court noted the volume of the communications, the content of the communications, the threat by the defendant to forward intimate pictures of the victim to others, the duration of time during which the defendant communicated with the victim in a harmful manner. The court found that the defendant was motivated by his jealousy and that his intention was to cause harm to the victim. The court was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the elements of the charge were met. Judgment Date: 26 April 2017. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *