Martin James Carroll
From the Evening Post June 2000
Two men involved in the stabbing of an Upper Hutt man during a home invasion have had their jail sentences increased. The Court of Appeal has accepted the Solicitor-General's appeal against the jail terms of Martin Carroll, 26, and Heiko Kretzschmann, 25, saying they were "manifestly inadequate".
Carroll was jailed for eight years and Kretzschmann for seven years when sentenced on charges of aggravated robbery and wounding with intent to cause serious bodily harm in relation to the assault in August last year. Their sentences have now been increased to 10 years for Carroll and eight-and-a-half years for Kretzschmann.
The pair, and a third man, attacked a 27-year-old man in his home, threatening him with a loaded sawn-off rifle, before punching and knifing him. The victim suffered a 4cm to 5cm-long stab wound to his neck, as well as bruising to his face and eyes, and a number of smaller scrapes and bruises. The Court of Appeal agreed that the judge's starting point of six years jail for sentencing was too low.
There were a number of aggravating features. The pair were bent on taking property from the victim because of a perceived "debt" and there were "stand-over" tactics. "The victim was threatened and intimidated," the court said. "It needs to be emphasised that this form of activity will not be tolerated in the home." Another aggravating feature was the previous convictions of both men.
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Aggravated robbery and grevious bodily harm of a 27 year old Upper Hutt man in his own home in August 1999
Had 78 previous convictions, a number of them were violent, most were for minor property offences
Was sentenced to just 8 years in March 2000
Extended to 10 years after Crown appeal
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