New Zealand Police v Christopher Lewis  NZDC 3604
Published 01 August 2016
Sentencing — male assaults female — theft — Sentencing Act 2002. The defendant was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to three breaches of release conditions, nine thefts of petrol, theft from The Warehouse, assault on a woman and intentional damage.
The defendant’s “appalling list of previous convictions”, the fact that he was a prolific shoplifter and had a history of violence and dishonesty were aggravating factors in regards to sentencing. He received a 20 percent discount for his guilty plea against a starting point of 29-30 months and was ordered to pay reparation in respect of the petrol he stole. A protection order was made in favour of the complainant he assaulted and standard special release conditions applied.