Druggie dodges his jail term
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.