A Manaia man jailed for a revenge attack on a former workmate has failed to have his jail sentence reduced.
Bernard Boyd Julian, 27, was sentenced to six years and 10 months' jail after pleading guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, injuring with intent to injure, assault with intent to injure and burglary on October 23 last year.
The convictions resulted from Julian attacking his victim in his home after turning off the power to the house. When the victim's flatmates came to his aid, Julian also attacked them. He had his hands taped and a knife on him.
He appealed against the sentencing judge's starting point of eight years' prison and also submitted that the discount of 15 per cent for the guilty plea was too low.
Julian's lawyer Andrew Laurenson argued that the starting point should have been six to seven years and there had always been an offer to plead guilty to burglary and that the discount should have been 20 per cent.
In their decision the Court of Appeal judges said it was serious offending, plainly premeditated and the actions of Julian in taping his hands and disconnecting the power were of concern. It was plain he planned the offending and intended to escape undetected.
"We do not consider it can be said the judge erred," the appeal judges decided.
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