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Cheng v R [2020] NSWCCA 252

appeal against sentence — 1 count of importing commercial quantity of methylamphetamine contrary to s 307.1(1) Commonwealth Criminal Code — 1 count of dealing with proceeds of crime believing it to be proceeds of crime contrary to s 400.6(1) Commonwealth Criminal Code — additional state offences — offence relates to 72517.1g pure methylamphetamine — original sentence imposed 20 years’ imprisonment with 14 year non-parole period — nature and circumstances — s 16A(2)(a) — quantity of drugs involved necessitated finding of significant objective seriousness — offender was aware of nature and extent of operation including identity of drug method of concealment and means of importation — cumulative and concurrent sentences — it cannot be said that any error is disclosed in sentencing judge’s finding that criminality on State offences warranted significant period of additional imprisonment to importation offence — criminality on each count was distinct albeit part of same criminal enterprise and no specific error identified — non-parole period — in circumstances where extent of variation is matter for sentencing judge there is no requirement to vary statutory ration even if special circumstances are found — offender was convicted of serious offences carrying life sentence — leave to appeal against sentence granted — appeal dismissed
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