R v McDonald  NZDC 12664
Published 13 September 2021
Sentencing — aggravated robbery — assault on elderly woman — assault and robbery of drug dealer — theft of lotto tickets — home invasion — R v Mako 
2 NZLR 170 — Sentencing Act 2002.
The defendant appeared for sentence on a charge of aggravated robbery. Late one night the defendant had gone to the home of his drug dealer, who was a
woman in her late 60s, and assaulted and robbed her. Given the victim's age, slight build and reluctance to call the police, the Court commented that she was a
particularly vulnerable victim. Other aggravating features of the offending were use of actual violence, entering a dwelling place, harm to the victim (she required
hospital treatment and suffered permanent damage to one eye) and premeditation. The Court set a start point for sentence of six years' imprisonment. Mitigating
factors were time spent on bail (two years) and background matters mentioned in a pre-sentence report, and the Court reduced the sentence by two years,
resulting in a final sentence of four years' imprisonment. Judgment Date: 1 July 2019.