R v Thomas Barrett  NZDC 3448
Published 01 September 2016
Sentencing — sexual offending against children — R v AM (CA27/2009)  NZCA 114,  2 NZLR 750 — Hessell v R  NZSC 135,  1 NZLR 607 — Sentencing Act 2002 —three strikes warning — qualifying offence
The defendant was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment and ordered to undergo a treatment programme after pleading guilty to serious sexual offending against two children.
**Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements.
Victim impact statements mentioned the feelings of isolation the complainants suffered as a result of the offending.
The Judge determined the starting point to be 14 years’ imprisonment as per the tariff case R v AM. A 25 percent reduction was given for the defendant’s early guilty plea in accordance with Hessell, and a further 10 percent reduction was made for lack of previous convictions, good character and genuine remorse.