R v Ronald Barkman [2016] NZDC 18269

Published 22 September 2016

Historical sexual offending — sentencing — Sentencing Act 2002, s 80I. An elderly defendant was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for historical sexual offending against two children. Special release conditions would be imposed. The Judge was bound to sentence the defendant under the law at the time, which provided for the conduct to be charged as indecency with a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment. Discounts were given for the defendant’s age, poor health and guilty pleas, but signs of remorse beyond the guilty pleas were absent. As the sentence was one of short-term imprisonment, leave was granted under s 80I to apply for a substituted sentence of home detention. Judgment Date: 20 September 2016. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *