11 April 2022

No jail for scaffolder busted with up to $500,000 worth of meth

| Claire Fenwicke
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David Mark Williams (right) with his lawyer Michael Kukulies-Smith at a previous court appearance. Photo: Albert McKnight.

David Mark Williams has avoided prison time after pleading guilty to trafficking drugs and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Instead, the 38-year-old scaffolder will undertake a two-year drug and alcohol treatment order (DOTA), a process Acting Justice Verity McWilliam described as “no picnic”.

“This is going to be really hard for you,” she said to Mr Williams during sentencing.

“But you need to do it for a chance at a crime-free life, so good luck.”

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On 7 December, 2020, police were granted search warrants for Mr Williams’ white Ford Raptor and five properties across Canberra’s south on suspicion he was dealing methylamphetamine.

Mr Williams’ vehicle was stopped by police at a Calwell address, where police discovered about $134,000 in cash in a bag on his front seat, along with roughly 790 grams of methylamphetamine.

According to court documents, if the drugs equated to roughly 7900 street deals, they would have netted almost $500,000.

If sold wholesale, they would have been worth about $79,000.

During a search of the properties, police seized a jet-ski, three motorcycles, a heavily-modified vehicle and other items worth more than half a million dollars, all believed to be proceeds of crime, along with a semi-automatic rifle.

Acting Justice McWilliam said this indicated Mr Williams’ level of culpability was “significant”.

“The offender’s role was more significant than that of a street-level offender,” she said.

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Mr Williams pleaded guilty to trafficking a controlled drug other than cannabis and dealing with the proceeds of crime on 10 September, 2021.

The court heard Mr Williams had a long-standing drug habit which he had not previously received formal treatment for, which was considered a factor in his offending.

“There is an obvious cycle of trafficking and [drug] dependence,” Acting Justice McWilliam said.

“[You are] clearly struggling to avoid relapse and the offending that goes with it.

“So I am prioritising intervention.”

Acting Justice McWilliam said successful rehabilitation of Mr Williams would, in her view, be the best way to protect the community in the future.

Mr Williams will be subject to a good behaviour order at the end of the DOTA until 30 April, 2025.

A 37-month prison sentence would have been imposed if he was deemed unsuitable for the program.

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Capital Retro8:36 pm 12 Apr 22

I note he came from Calwell. Maybe a graduate of Calwell High School too?

The people committing serious offences in Canberra must shake with fear appearing before the ACT Court system. Then if unlucky in the Court spending minimal time at the local AMC. Our happy-go-lucky judicial officers must chortle over their port and blue cheese in Chambers as they joke about the misfortune they have released into the long suffering community from which they have no idea of what is going on. Frightening. Looks like we are on our own with regard to facing off against the local criminals. Good luck.

Well thank goodness for that, poor David having never been educated that drugs were illegal and bad for you was forced into taking drugs and then again forced into importing and selling them in Canberra for profit. And having been convicted before could still not understand that he needed help or this was wrong. Well now I feel he knows now that he was a very naughty boy and he needs to say sorry 10 times and pinky promise he won’t do it again. I think it is a pretty good out come and am sure this has sent a really scary message to any future drug dealer entrepreneurs.

When I first read this I thought immediately the DPP will step in and use that ‘manifestly’ thing they use a lot, and we will all see justice done.

However I got to thinking about it and then realised the DPP are actually headed up by a person appointed by the Government.
A Government in power for the last 20 years.

Read in that what you will.

Half a million $ in drugs and cash + an illegal firearm and. . . this dude walks?!

Sending a message that crime pays and that the consequences, if caught, are ZERO! does not “protect the community”.

Those I feel for most are our police officers, the massive amount of hours that would have gone into this case – all for nothing! Bringing people to justice must seem incredibly pointless to all of these hard working officers.

Well, lucky him! Many for much less misdemeanours end up in gaol without access to bail.

Probably an understatement.

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