POLICE v VL ? Successful application for discharge without conviction for a charge of burglary of commercial premises with some damage done to building and $10,000 worth of items taken (but recovered). Impact on future career and travel and efforts to make amends and reparation led court to grant the application for a discharge without…

THE QUEEN v AA ? class A drug supplies ?sentence. Serious methamphetamine supplies to undercover officer and numerous others in small amounts. Prior drug-related convictions. Spent some time in custody before being granted bail to attend rehab program. Completed that successfully. Pleaded guilty just before trial. From a start point of 4 ? years prison…

POLICE v TM ?Sentencing. Guilty plea to charge of wounding with intent to commit GBH. A drunken argument at function in home led to defendant overreacting to an assault resulting in him biting through the cheek of the victim leaving a severe disfigurement. Starting point of prison but with willingness to make amends a sentence…

A defendant was referred to Tony Beach by a solicitor. The client was charged with blackmail, a serious charge attracting up to 14 years imprisonment under the Crimes Act 1961. After considering the evidence and taking full instructions from his client, Tony Beach successfully negotiated an agreement with the Crown to amend the charge to…

Police are under pressure to explain how they failed to match up the aliases of a well-known fraudster who stole millions from Work and Income. Lisa Donnelly was sentenced in the Auckland District Court last week for stealing $36,000 from a 92-year-old woman she was supposed to be caring for. Donnelly, who also uses the…

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