Brett Andrew Corbett, seen in an earlier photograph, had an appeal against his sentence heard.
Brett Andrew Corbett, seen in an earlier photograph, had an appeal against his sentence heard. Luke Marsden

No insight after recovery from blindness

ONCE blinded in a drug misadventure, a Rockhampton man returned to the world of drugs and was sent to jail.

Brett Andrew Corbett was jailed for nine years for trafficking ice.

But on Wednesday the state's highest court was told Corbett, 47, thought that sentence was unfair.

In an appeal against the sentence, Corbett's barrister Damien Gates said his client never enjoyed a "lavish lifestyle” from drug sales.

Mr Gates told the Court of Appeal that Corbett displayed "general contrition and remorse” and that should have been reflected in the sentence.

Corbett pleaded guilty, and Justice Soraya Ryan sentenced him at Brisbane Supreme Court on March 16.

Mr Gates this week suggested Justice Ryan could have ordered parole eligibility for Corbett earlier than halfway through his sentence.

But prosecutor David Nardone said "it was an intense period of significant trafficking” and Corbett had over 200g of pure methylamphetamine.

The court heard drug buyers owed Corbett about $62,000.

Mr Nardone said there was no suggestion Justice Ryan was wrong to take a starting point of 10-11 years.

The fact the judge then went below 10 years showed the court already gave Corbett a benefit, Mr Nardone said.

He said Justice Ryan's sentence effectively made Corbett eligible for parole release after four and-a-half years.

Justice Philip McMurdo said if somebody engaged in trafficking to feed their own drug habit, that addiction usually was a mitigating factor at sentencing.

The Morning Bulletin in 2011 reported that Corbett had long-running drug problems and went blind for three days after a misadventure with toxic home-made drugs.

The appeal court reserved its decision.

- NewsRegional



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