Drug­gie dodges his jail term

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - BRENDEN HILLS

A HIGH level drug dealer in­volved in a $700,000 metham­phetamine deal avoided jail be­cause the sen­tenc­ing judge took too long to dish out his pun­ish­ment.

Ja­cob Ki­ju­rina pleaded guilty to his role in plan­ning a botched deal to sell 2kg of methy­lam­phetamine and 1.5 litres of methy­lam­phetamine oil in Oc­to­ber 2014. But, by the time Dis­trict Court Judge Clive Jef­freys got around to sen­tenc­ing Ki­ju­rina, more than two years had passed.

Even worse, when Judge Jef­freys fi­nally sen­tenced Ki­ju­rina in Oc­to­ber 2016, he only or­dered him to serve an in­ten­sive cor­rec­tions or­der, which meant he avoided jail and was su­per­vised in the com­mu­nity.

Pros­e­cut­ing lawyers quickly ap­pealed the de­ci­sion.

A three-judge panel on the NSW Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peal agreed with the pros­e­cu­tors and last month de­clared Judge Jef­freys’ sen­tence as “manifestly in­ad­e­quate”, mean­ing, he should have sent Ki­ju­rina to jail.

But the ap­peal judges told the court the re­sult of Judge Jef­freys tak­ing an eter­nity to sen­tence Ki­ju­rina cre­ated a sit­u­a­tion where it would be un­fair for them to in­ter­vene and send him to jail.

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