R v Gwilliam [2018] NZDC 20623

Published 12 September 2019

Sentencing — injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm — sledgehammer — imprisonment. The defendant appeared for sentence on one charge of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. In the context of a long-standing dispute, he had attacked the victim with a sledgehammer. The victim suffered a bruised shoulder, a swollen wrist and a brain bleed. The sentencing indication had set a maximum sentence of three years four months, and the victim earned a three-month discount for remorse, willingness to attend restorative justice, periods on restrictive bail, and some steps taken to deal with his drinking problem. The final sentence was three years one month. Judgment Date: 28 September 2018.