R v Koopu  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