R v Koopu [2020] NZDC 4476

Published 10 September 2020

Sentencing — unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle — assault on a person in a family relationship — assault with intent to injure — injuring with intent to injure — threatening to kill — assault. The defendant appeared for sentence on charges of unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle, assault on a person in a family relationship, assault with intent to injure (two), injuring with intent to injure, and threatening to kill. He had assaulted his then-partner by slapping, punching and kicking her, and had also deliberately burned her with a cigarette. On a separate occasion he had driven a car on the wrong side of the road, ran a red light and collided with another vehicle, injuring the driver. Finally, while in custody he had struggled with a guard and then got into a fight with another inmate, punching him repeatedly in the head. The Court set a start point of four years' imprisonment for the offending against the defendant's ex-partner, uplifted by 12 months for the driving charges and six months for the prison assaults. With discounts for the defendant's deprived background and guilty plea, the final sentence was three years nine months' imprisonment. The Court also disqualified the defendant from driving for 12 months, and imposed a protection order in favour of the defendant's ex-partner. Judgment Date: 11 March 2020