R v Tua  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  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.