Culpable driving, manslaughter and dangerous driving causing injury.

In the 2011 case of R v Prince NZHC 1988 the High Court of New Zealand stressed that there was a balance of factors which played a role in sentencing. Williams J highlighted that (para. 30)

The law says the sentence I impose should hold you accountable for the harm you have done and encourage you to take responsibility for that; my purpose must be to provide for the interests and needs of the victims where appropriate; to denounce what you have done and to deter others from doing the same thing; to protect the wider community and to assist in your rehabilitation and reintegration into that community.

A successful restorative justice process was held to be an appropriate way of addressing the victim’s interests and supported a conclusion that the offender had accepted responsibility (para. 44). 

Williams J continued at (para. 45)

[Y]ou are a low risk of reoffending. It follows that the remaining purposes of sentencing are denunciation and deterrence. I agree these are important factors although they must not eclipse the personal and human story of contrition and forgiveness that this sentencing process has produced outside the walls of this courtroom.

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