R v Kingi  NZDC 27603
Published 11 October 2018
Supply methamphetamine — possession for supply — drugs — drug dealing — methamphetamine — sentencing — R v Fatu  2 NZLR 72.
The defendant appeared for sentence, having pleaded guilty to charges of supplying methamphetamine and for possession of methamphetamine for supply. A police special programmes operation was run whereby an undercover officer purchased drugs from the defendant at his address. The offending was noted as occurring over a period of 15 months and that the defendant was found to have in his possession a total of 52.644 grams of methamphetamine. The court adopted a starting point of five years' imprisonment. This was uplifted by six months for offending whilst on bail which was seen as an aggravating factor. A small discount was given for the defendant's guilty plea and remorse resulting in an end sentence of four years' and 11 months' imprisonment. An order was made for the destruction of drug related paraphernalia and cash seized by police as the result of police searches of the defendant's property.
Judgment Date: 4 December 2017