R v Marc Bennett [2016] NZDC 3932

Published 31 July 2016

Sentencing — sexual offending — creating objectionable material — Sentencing Act 2002. The defendant was sentenced to three years and eight months’ imprisonment on each of the charges against him for sexual offending and creation of objectionable material. With regard to totality these were ordered to be served concurrently. From a starting point of five years and six months’ a discount of 15 percent was made for previous good character and 25 percent for early guilty plea. The defendant’s remorse and willingness to complete treatment programs did not change the outcome of the sentence but would be a factor for the Parole Board to consider in the future.