‘Crack lord’ bid de­nied

Boast­ful drug dealer claims that 10-year jail sen­tence ‘ex­ces­sive’

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - JOHN WEEKES John.Weekes@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

A BRAG­GING drug boss who com­plained about her jail sen­tence has failed to per­suade judges she was wronged.

Self-pro­claimed Bud­erim “crack lord” Re­becca Teresa Cast­ner pleaded guilty to drug of­fences in­clud­ing traf­fick­ing.

In 2017 she was sen­tenced to 10 years’ jail and af­ter­wards said that sen­tence was ex­ces­sive.

In a judg­ment de­liv­ered yes­ter­day, Queens­land Court of Ap­peal said Cast­ner, 54, had been a “whole­sale” traf­ficker of drugs in­clud­ing ice for about six months.

She made some­where be­tween $702,000 and $3.276 mil­lion and hired peo­ple to help her busi­ness.

Jus­tice Sue Brown said Cast­ner “en­dorsed threats of vi­o­lence” to en­force debt pay­ments and was a brazen of­fender.

“She had skited in a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion that she en­joyed the ‘crack lord’ life and that her Bud­erim house was a ‘drug lord house’.”

The ap­peal court also voiced dis­taste at Cast­ner’s con­scrip­tion of oth­ers, es­pe­cially her chil­dren, into the racket.

Jus­tice Brown said Cast­ner en­cour­aged the chil­dren to be in­volved in the drug trade, even though one was strug­gling with drug ad­dic­tion.

Jus­tice Brown said some psy­cho­log­i­cal ev­i­dence con­flicted with what the court knew about Cast­ner’s of­fend­ing.

A psy­chol­o­gist’s re­port said Cast­ner felt re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing her chil­dren in an abusive home en­vi­ron­ment and ex­pos­ing them to drug ad­dic­tion risks and as­so­ci­a­tion with crim­i­nals.

But Jus­tice Brown said those state­ments in­spired scep­ti­cism be­cause Cast­ner sup­plied drugs to two of her chil­dren for them to on-sell.

Af­ter be­ing charged in Jan­uary 2015 with drug pos­ses­sion at Alexan­dra Head­land, Cast­ner kept traf­fick­ing.

Later she set up shop at a Mooloolaba re­sort.

In Au­gust this year, Cast­ner’s bar­ris­ter Daniel Caru­ana told Queens­land Court of Ap­peal the Bud­erim mother had shown insight and changed her at­ti­tude.

He also said Cast­ner was re­morse­ful and had good re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion prospects.

Jus­tice Brown said Jus­tice He­len Bowskill, who sen­tenced Cast­ner, had con­sid­ered mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors and al­ready re­duced the sen­tence from the 12–13 year range.

The ap­peal court judges unan­i­mously agreed the ap­peal should be re­fused.

JAILED: Re­becca Teresa Cast­ner of Bud­erim.

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