R v Wen Hao Liang [2016] NZDC 3798

Published 01 September 2016

Sentencing — aggravated robbery — unlawfully taking motor vehicle — kidnapping — male assaults female — indecent assault — burglary — theft — damage to electronic bail bracelet. The defendant was sentenced to two years and nine months’ imprisonment on five groups of charges. The lead charge was aggravated robbery for which the starting point was three years’ imprisonment. A two year uplift was imposed for all concurrent offending. A 12 month discount was given for the guilty plea and a further 3 months was deducted due to the defendant’s mental health issues and difficulties he may have in prison as a foreign language speaker. Deterrence and protection of the community were relevant sentencing factors, particularly denouncing predatory behaviour towards young women largely unknown to the defendant. Use of a weapon, punches to the head and “two against one” offending were aggravating factors. There was some pre-mediation in that for each of the offences there was a chance for the defendant to stop and he did not.