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Obiekwe v R [2018] NSWCCA 55

appeal against sentence — importing commercial quantity of border controlled drug contrary to s 307.1 of Commonwealth Criminal Code — original sentence imposed 12 years’ imprisonment with 7 year non-parole period — guilty plea — s 16A(2)(g) — sentencing judge followed decision of Tyler and did not take into account objective value of plea — no greater discount warranted due to unsuccessful attempts by offender to enter plea to lesser offence which would not reflect criminality involved — error established offender re-sentenced — nature and circumstances of offence — s 16A(2)(g) — offender’s conduct serious — no evidence that anyone else involved in Australian end of operation — significant importation of methamphetamine — contrition — s 16A(2)(f) — offender did not give evidence at sentencing hearing although a letter was tendered — letter given some limited weight in assessing offender’s contrition — letter contains some expressions of remorse but reveals little insight into devastation likely to be wreaked by amount of methamphetamine imported — deterrence — s 16A(2)(j)–(ja) — sentence must deter offender from future participation in importation of narcotics — sentence must be of severity to deter others given utter devastation wrought by methamphetamine on victims, users and communities a regular background to proceedings in this Court — adequacy of punishment — s 16A(2)(k) — imprisonment only appropriate sentence in circumstances of case — offender took deliberate steps to hide involvement in importation — compared to similar cases original sentence imposed on offender appears favourable to offender — consistency in federal sentencing not demonstrated by and does not require numerical equivalence — no lesser sentence warranted in law — leave to appeal granted — appeal dismissed
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