In the 2014 case of R v Mahia NZHC 1396 the defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder and sexual violation of the victim with whom he had been in a volatile intermittent relationship. The defendant indicated a willingness to participate in a restorative justice process. The judge considered this ‘unrealistic’ as a result of the attitude displayed by the defendant when ‘challenged by others’ and ‘in the context of the subject’ of the victim’s death (para. 28).