Khac Dung Nguyen was reportedly holidaying on Hamilton Island at the time of his arrest in December 2015.
Khac Dung Nguyen was reportedly holidaying on Hamilton Island at the time of his arrest in December 2015. Jason Loucas

He asked for jail to get away from wife

KHAC Dung Nguyen chose to go to jail rather than stay with his wife.

But nine months after relinquishing his own bail, the accused drug dealer asked for a release from custody.

On Friday, Brisbane District Court heard Mr Nguyen and his wife had patched up marital differences.

Judge Julie Dick said Mr Nguyen's previous bail conditions "were fairly strenuous" and had included a demand he surrender his passport and provide a $150,000 surety.

Mr Nguyen was holidaying on Hamilton Island when he was arrested in December 2015.

He was charged with drug trafficking for alleged involvement in a $19 million marijuana enterprise, and appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court. 

He was granted bail the next month, but in what Judge Julie Dick called "rather unusual circumstances", he surrendered himself last October.

"Reasons for this included marital discord and his belief that the matter would be dealt with quickly," Judge Dick said.

But any thoughts Mr Nguyen had of his court case finishing quickly went up in smoke.

"The trial's a large one," Judge Dick said.

"It won't happen this year... his belief that it would be dealt with quickly has been undermined.

"He has reconciled the marriage discord."

Mr Nguyen's new bail conditions were "very similar" to what he'd abided by before, the judge said.

"He did surrender and go into custody so it's not as if he's terrified of going onto custody".

The court heard the father-of-four's case had been listed for legal argument in September.

The Daily Mercury previously reported Mr Nguyen was one of 41 people arrested during a police operation dubbed North Genie. - NewsRegional



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