R v Rauhina [2019] NZDC 12071

Published 19 June 2020

Sentencing — aggravated robbery — theft — assault — machete — weapons — pre-sentence report — background report — Sentencing Act 2002, s 27. The defendant appeared for sentence after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated robbery, theft and assault. He had gone to a house, punched one of the occupants and stolen a packet of tobacco. He later returned to the house armed with a steel bar and in the company of a second person, who was armed with a machete. The defendant threatened the occupants, attempted to steal a television and did steal a heater. A pre-sentence report identified the defendant's willingness to address his anger management and other issues, and a s 27 report detailed the defendant's dysfunctional upbringing and the support he required, including in coping with his hearing loss. From a sentencing indication of five years six months, the Court applied a 20 per cent discount for the contents of the reports plus willingness to attend restorative justice. With another 20 per cent reduction for guilty plea, the final sentence was three years six months. Judgment Date: 24 June 2019 .