R v Tua [2020] NZDC 2361

Published 19 June 2020

Sentencing — possession of methamphetamine for supply — supplying methamphetamine — Class A drugs — minimum period of imprisonment (MPI) — Zhang v R [2019] NZCA 507. The defendant appeared for sentence on one charge each of possession of methamphetamine for supply and supplying methamphetamine. He had been the principal offender in a group operation supplying large quantities of the drug over several years. The starting sentence was 14 years' imprisonment. A two year reduction was given for the defendant's background, physical difficulties and remorse. From this 12 year point a 20 per cent reduction was given for the defendant's guilty pleas. The end sentence was nine years and six months. The Judge declined to impose a minimum period of imprisonment due to the defendant's disability. Judgment Date: 12 February 2020.