Drug trafficker’s sentence adjusted with less jail time
A FORMER Sunshine Coast and Gympie man will get out of jail sooner after being re-sentenced for trafficking and supplying drugs.
In April this year Craig Cant was sentenced to eight years' jail after pleading guilty to trafficking and supplying meth and producing cannabis.
In a judgment delivered on Tuesday, Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Ann Lyons said Cant should be re-sentenced because he had spent almost six months in jail on remand and this was not taken into account when he was sentenced.
Cant initially argued his sentence proceeding should be reopened because the prosecution's facts made the case against him seem worse than it was.
He also argued his level of trafficking was no greater than two co-offenders who were sentenced for similar drug charges, yet he had received a harsher sentence than them.
The prosecution argued Cant had to prove he was sentenced based on a factual error and that he had pleaded guilty on agreed facts.
Justice Lyons said there was were no factual errors when Cant was sentenced and that his complaints that the sentence was too severe should be taken to the Queensland Court of Appeal.
But she said he should be re-sentenced to take into account 176 days he had served before being sentenced.
Cant's eight-year jail sentence remains and the 176 days - almost six months - were declared as time served as part of his overall sentence.
- APN NEWSDESK