The 2016 case of Johnson v R NZCA 144 involved a Crown appeal against a sentence of two years and five months’ imprisonment for indecent assault. The Court of Appeal held that the sentencing judge’s decision to give no discount for the appellant’s willingness to attend restorative justice was not in error. The sentencing judge found that the appellant ‘was not truly remorseful for his offending and had not accepted his guilt’ (para. 27). These circumstances were considered satisfactory support of the sentencing judge’s decision.

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