R v Baker [2020] NZDC 3179

Published 10 June 2020

Sentencing — injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm — assault with a weapon — burning — stabbing — prison attack — Sentencing Act 2002, s 27. The defendant appeared for sentencing on charges of injuring with intent to injure and assault with a weapon. The incident giving rise to the charges occurred in Paremoremo Prison, where the defendant and the victim were both inmates. The defendant had a grudge against the victim, and took revenge by splashing him with boiling jam and stabbing him with a pen. The Court set a start point for sentence of three and a half years for the assault with the boiling jam, uplifted by six months for the assault with the pen. From four years, the Court reduced the start point to three years nine months for the totality principle. With a nine-month discount for guilty plea, the final sentence was three years. Judgment Date: 26 February 2020.