Crown appeals dealer's term

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 27 Februari 2013 | 19.55

THE two-year jail sentence handed to a Hobart man caught with a smorgasbord of drugs and $400,000 cash was manifestly inadequate, the Director of Public Prosecutions has told the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Commerce graduate and carpenter Norton Dudley Williamson, 44, was searched after getting off the Spirit of Tasmania in 2010.

Inside his car were quantities of methamphetamines, ketamine, cocaine, dimethyltryptamine, butanediol, LSD, ecstasy, methylene dioxymethcaninone, diazepam and Viagra.

He also had $13,700 in cash, scales, snap lock bags and drug dealer's tick sheets.

A search of his Lenah Valley home found more drugs, more scales and more snap lock bags.

Under his neighbour's house, police found even more drugs, more drug dealer's paraphernalia and almost $200,000 in cash in two paper bags.

A further $195,000 in cash was found at another home nearby and traced to Williamson.

In August last year, Justice David Porter sentenced Williamson to two years' imprisonment with a one-year minimum term for five counts of trafficking in a controlled substance and three counts of dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

DPP Tim Ellis SC appealed against the sentence, saying three-and-a-half to four years was more appropriate.

"He is one of the worst in all of the ways you look at it," he told the court.

"It was as if he was setting up a one-stop shop.

"This was large-scale trafficking that the respondent was engaged in, it was a for-profit exercise.

"Two years, in my submission is inadequate. This was a major drug trafficker who should have been visited with a major sentence."

He said Williamson had lied when apprehended, had pleaded guilty only at the last minute when he realised his case was hopeless, has shown no remorse and there was little else that could be considered in mitigation.

But Williamson's lawyer Kate Cuthbertson said the sentence fell within the range of sentences handed down for similar crimes - and that around nine months in prison was the median of comparable cases.

She said Williamson had not been to prison before and found it a "foreign and disturbing environment" where he had been assaulted.

Justices Alan Blow, Shan Tennent and Helen Wood reserved their decision.

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