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R v Morrison [2020] QCA 93

appeal against sentence — trafficking in dangerous drugs offence, failure to comply with order under s 3LA(5) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) — additional summary offence taking into account — original sentence imposed 10.5 years’ imprisonment — offence relates to 441.7g of cocaine, 31.1g of methylamphetamine, 165.5g of MDMA and 522.4g of cannabis — manifest excess contrition — s 16A(2)(f)(ii) — offender appears to regard offending as victimless suggesting they still lack insight into seriousness of offending — nature and circumstances of the offence — s 16A(2)(a) — manifest excess — obvious that offence of trafficking in schedule 1 drugs is very serious one which is no less so for fact that offender is facilitating supply of substance to persons who wish to receive it — level of criminality involved in offence will vary from one case to another — scale of operation and likely profit to offender is obviously material — so too is commercial sophistication of enterprise where that is conducive to higher profits from offence and reduced risk of detection — shorthand description of drug dealing as being ‘wholesale’ level or ‘street level’ can be useful to describe scale of enterprise and thereby number of people who might have been affected by it — application of sentencing principles does not call for strict demarcation between wholesale and street level trafficking which offender suggests — sentencing judge correct to regard other offences committed by offender as worthy of cumulative terms of imprisonment — very sophisticated operation of trafficking conducted over extensive period and evidently very remunerative — cannot be thought that offender’s motivation was simply to feed own drug use — offender was mature offender — general deterrence — s 16A(2)(ja) — necessary for sentence to be imposed which acted as strong deterrent to people like offender who might consider that no real harm can come from their conduct and who are motivated by own greed — orders were within proper exercise of sentencing discretion — no manifest excess — application for leave to appeal against sentence refused
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