‘Al­tru­is­tic’ drug baron jailed for five years


AN INPEX worker and part­time DJ who sourced tens of thou­sands of dol­lars in drugs for him­self and his friends has been jailed for five years.

Mathew Mel­drum, 28, was con­victed in the Supreme Court of mul­ti­ple counts of pos­ses­sion and sup­ply af­ter po­lice caught him “red handed” with $25,000 worth of var­i­ous drugs, in­clud­ing more than 150 tabs of LSD.

Mel­drum claimed to have started buy­ing the drugs af­ter his girl­friend bought a bad pill and then sold them to her and other friends at cost price be­cause he was an “al­tru­ist”.

But in sus­pend­ing his sen­tence af­ter two years, Jus­tice Ju­dith Kelly said she did not believe Mel­drum’s claims of self­less­ness.

“I don’t ac­cept that as­pect of the story which makes you out to be a hero who buys and sup­plies drugs for al­tru­is­tic rea­sons,” she said.

“It seems to me that in re­lat­ing it this way you sim­ply demon­strate that you don’t have any real in­sight into your of­fend­ing, no real re­morse and don’t fully ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for what you have done.”

The court heard Mel­drum’s scheme came un­done when po­lice in­ter­cepted a pack­age con­tain­ing 100 tabs of LSD ad­dressed to his home un­der a false name and sub­se­quently searched his bed­room.

Jus­tice Kelly said Mel­drum’s of­fend­ing was less se­ri­ous than some other com­mer­cial drug op­er­a­tions as it was not run for a profit but more se­ri­ous than oth­ers due to the quan­tity and va­ri­ety of drugs found in his pos­ses­sion.

“You paint your­self in the role of hero, al­tru­ist, but you are not,” she said.

“You were buy­ing and sell­ing drugs to sup­port an ex­pen­sive par­ty­ing life­style for you and your friends.”

Mel­drum was al­lowed to keep $15,165 found in his bed­room safe as prose­cu­tors could not prove it was not in­come de­rived from his em­ploy­ment as a DJ at Rorkes.

Main pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

The Seven Seas Voy­ager docked in Townsville. In­set, 24-year-old singer Jackie Kas­trinelis, who was found dead in her cabin in 2014

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