R v Koning [2021] NZDC 7383

Published 20 July 2021

Sentencing — sexual violation by rape — rape of girlfriend — R v AM (CA27/2009) [2010] 2 NZLR 750. The defendant appeared for sentence after being found guilty on two charges of sexual violation by rape. The victim was the defendant's former girlfriend. The offending had occurred in 2004 when both the defendant and victim were in their teens, and arose when the defendant became angry at the victim for paying an unannounced visit to his flat. The victim later underwent a pregnancy termination as a result of the offending, and suffered ongoing mental distress. The start point for sentence was seven years' imprisonment. The Court allowed discounts for the defendant's youth at the time of the offending and his good character in other areas of his life, including his charitable works. The final sentence was five years' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 21 April 2021.