R v Campbell [2020] NZDC 3286

Published 08 June 2020

Sentencing — possession of methamphetamine for supply — Class A drugs — Parata v R [2017] NZCA 48 — Rangi v R [2014] NZCA 524 — Orchard v R [2019] NZCA 529 — R v Fatu [2006] 2 NZLR 72 (CA) — Zhang v R [2019] NZCA 507 — Murray v R [2016] NZCA 221 — R v Phillips [2018] NZHC 2119; CA771/2018, [2019] NZCA 507 — Williams v R [2018] NZHC 2945 — Keil v R [2017] NZCA 563 — R v Patangata [2019] NZHC 744 — Sentencing Act 2002, s 24. Two defendants appeared for sentence on charges of possession of methamphetamine for supply, after being found guilty by a jury. The Judge referred to case law, in particular the recent review of methamphetamine sentencing by the Court of Appeal in Zhang v R. The new approach focuses on both the quantum of drugs involved and the defendant's personal circumstances, so more appropriate tailored sentences are given rather than adhering to rigid guidelines. The starting sentence for the first defendant was five and a half years' imprisonment. She was given an eight-month reduction for previous good character, 12 months for personal circumstances and four months for time spent on bail. The end sentence was three and a half years. The starting sentence for the second defendant was two years and eight months. She was given a one-month uplift for prior drug convictions and a seven-month reduction for time spent on bail. The end sentence was two years and two months' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 21 February 2020.