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R v Brackenridge [2019] NZHC 1627

12 July 2019


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The defendant appeared for sentence on charges of murder, arson, and dishonest use of a bankcard. While suffering from drug-induced schizophrenia, the defendant strangled his mother after having delusional thoughts about her. He then effectively cleared her bank account, and set fire to her home (with her body remaining inside). Life imprisonment not manifestly unjust; defendant remains at a high risk of serious offending if his mental state deteriorates. His rehabilitative prospects, remorse and mental disorder warranted discounts from a starting minimum term of 13 years; minimum term of 10 years imposed.

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