Adam Holland – Recent Cases
2015: Client met complainant on a dating website and charged with rape after what he believed was consensual sex. Working as co-counsel on trial, client acquitted after four day trial.
2015: 20 year old charged with rape after sexual intercourse with a 16 year old. Crown claimed that the accused had made admissions in text messages to the complainant. Acquitted after four day trial.
2015: Client accused by his 13 year old daughter of rape (x 2) and abduction. Successfully applied to have all charges dismissed after extensive cross examination of the complainant at trial.
2014: Taxi driver charged with indecent assault following incident where he entered a passenger’s home and allegedly grabbed her in a bath. Acquitted after a three day trial.
2014: Client charged with rape, indecency against girl under 12 years and unlawful sexual connection following allegations made by his 8 year old daughter. All charges were dismissed after the complainant admitted on the second day of cross examination at trial that the allegations were false.
2014: International student charged with rape and unlawful sexual connection after sexual encounter with flatmate. Crown claimed he had made admissions in text messages. Acquitted after four day trial.
2012: Elderly client accused of 14 different charges of sexual abuse over a 10 year period by two of his grandchildren. Charges ranged from unlawful sexual connection through to indeceny on a young person under 12 years. Propensity evidence of similar offending in the past was also introduced at trial. After a three week trial, the client was acquitted on all but three of the charges.
2011: Client faced two charges of unlawful sexual connection following allegations by his ex-partner, which were supported by a purported eye witness. Acquitted on both charges following a four day trial.
2015: Currently lead counsel for defendants in several major drug-operation cases, including Operation Greenstone, Operation Gakarta and Operation Sylvester.
2015: On day of Judge-alone trial, a charge of possession of methamphetamine was dismissed after successful legal argument that the accused had been illegally arrested.
2014: Following an extensive Police undercover operation, client was charged with possession of equipment capable for the manufacture of methamphetamine and the commercial supply of equipment for the same purpose. After lengthy negotiations with the Crown the client plead guilty to the supply charge only and received a final sentence of home detention.
2014: Client charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply and possession of methamphetamine with intent to supply. Following a jury trial he was acquitted on the supply charge and then avoided a prison sentence.
2014: Client faced 10 charge of using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage after Housing New Zealand claimed that she had failed to declare the presence of her alleged partner as another occupant in her home. After a three day trial, all charges were dismissed and the client avoided a likely prison sentence.
2015: Client was serving a sentence on 25 convictions, including aggravted robbery, and faced 8 new charges, including theft of a vehicle (x 2), perveting the course of justice. Successfully granted bail with a night time curfew after strong opposition from Police.
2015: Client facing two spearate charges of aggravted robbery involving firearms, granted bail which allowed him to keep working notwithstanding strong Police opposition.
2015: Client facing charges of supplied methamphetamine (x 2) allegedly committed while on bail for other drug-related charges. Granted EM bail against Police opposition.
2015: Client facing charges of possession of methamphetamine for supply and manufacturing meth after recently being released from prison for similar offending. Granted EM bail after strong opposition from the Crown.
TRAFFIC/ OTHER CASES:
2015: Client charged with illegal street racing on the Auckland motorway successfully had charge dismissed after a trial in the North Shore District Court, thereby avoiding a criminal conviction and loss of licence.
2015: Client facing sentence on a number of charges including aggravated robbery, assault with intent to rob (x 2), using a document for fraudulent purposes, theft and theft of several motor vehicles. After filing sentencing submissions, which raised personal issues that had contributed to the spate of offending, the client avoided a sentence of imprisonment.
2015: Client was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and injuring with intent to injure after admitting in a police statement that she had attacked the victim before arming her co-accused with a meat cleaver and then assisting in a subsequent attack of the victim with weapons. After a three day trial, the client was acquitted on the wounding charge and avoided a prison sentence. Her co-accused was sentenced to more than six and a half years imprisonment.
2015: 17 year old faced lengthy prison sentence after being charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (maximum sentence = 14 years) following an incident where the complainant was attacked with a bottle and suffered a severed cartoid artery. After lengthy negotiations with the Crown, the charge was amended to wounding with intent to injure and the client received a final, community-based sentence that allowed him to keep working.
2013: Client was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault with a weapon following a large gang-related street brawl in the city. After a three week trial, the client was acquitted on both charges. The four co-accused were all convicted and sentenced to lengthy terms of imprisonment.
2011: Client charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after the victim was attacked by a group in an alleged home invasion. At trial successfully applied to have the charge dismissed at the end of the Crown evidence.
2010: Client was originally charged with aggravated robbery, which was later amended to assault with intent to injure after a group of young people were followed and attacked in a street brawl. Key identification evidence was successfully challenged in a pre-trial application and the client was subsequently acquitted at trial.
2015: Sentence of home detention on a charge of accessory after the fact to murder and supplies cannabis was successfully reduced after Court of Appeal accepted the sentencing Judge had failed to give a sufficient discount for time spent on restrictive bail conditions.
Laloni v R  NZCA 55.
2014: Sentence on a charge of injuring with intent to injure was reduced by six months after the Court of Appeal accepted that the starting point adopted by the sentencing Judge was too high and that a discount should have been provided for efforts at rehabilitation.
Brown v R  NZCA 93
2014: Home detention sentence on charges of threatening act and possession of an offensive weapon (x 2) was reduced after the Court of Appeal accepted that the starting point adopted by the sentencing Judge was too high and insufficient discount was provided for time spent on restrictive bail conditions.
Naiker v R  NZCA 20.
2013: Appeal against pre-trial decision that a Police search in drugs case was lawful. Successfully argued in the Court of Appeal that the search went beyond the scope of a Police Officer’s implied licence to search and was therefore illegal. Although evidence obtained through the search was still admitted through other grounds, the case was later resolved in a manner where the offender avoided a prison sentence.
Mitchell v R  NZCA 251.
2013: Sentence of three years three months imprisonment reduced by eight months after Duffy J accepted that the starting point adopted was manifestly excessive and that the totality principle had not been applied correctly by the sentencing Judge.
Blissett v Police  NZHC 156.
2012: Complex matter in the Court of Appeal where it was argued that convictions should be overturned on the basis that the appellant was unfit to stand trial and should have been subject to a judicial determination as to his fitness to stand trial.
Britz v R  NZCA 606.
2010: Sentence of two years on a charge of attempted sexual connection with a young person under 16 was successfully reduced by nine months after the Court of Appeal accepted that the starting point adopted was too high.
Nath v R  NZCA 418