R v Howes  NZDC 11953
Published 22 October 2019
Sentencing — wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm — stabbing — carriage of a knife — R v Taueki  3 NZLR 372.
The defendant appeared for sentence on a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He had become involved in a street altercation and
stabbed the victim in the abdomen. The Court commented on the need for a deterrent sentence, given the seriousness of knife crime. The Court found that the
offending fell into band 1 of R vTaueki and set a start point of four and a half years' imprisonment, uplifted by six months for offending while on supervision. The
Court applied discounts for youth, personal circumstances and guilty plea, meaning a final sentence of three years two months.
Judgment Date: 21 June 2019.