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AustraliaFormer horse trainer is jailed for 23 years for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht ‘Shenanigans’

07:25  08 march  2019
07:25  08 march  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Former Australian horse trainer John Nikolic has been sentenced to 23 years in jail for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht . He and wife Yvette were arrested after Fijian authorities discovered more than million worth of drugs, along with two guns, on their vessel, Shenanigans .

Former horse trainer is jailed for 23 years for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht ' Shenanigans '. While Ms Nikolic was acquitted on all charges, Mr Nikolic was last week found guilty of drug importation , possession, and failure to declare arms and ammunitions to a customs officer

Former horse trainer is jailed for 23 years for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht ‘Shenanigans’© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Former Australian horse trainer John Nikolic (pictured) has been sentenced to 23 years in jail for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht Former Australian horse trainer John Nikolic has been sentenced to 23 years in jail for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht.

He and wife Yvette were arrested after Fijian authorities discovered more than $20 million worth of drugs, along with two guns, on their vessel - named Shenanigans - as it arrived in Port Denarau in June 2018.

While Ms Nikolic was acquitted on all charges, Mr Nikolic was last week found guilty of drug importation, possession, and failure to declare arms and ammunitions to a customs officer following a trial at the High Court in Suva.

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Former Australian horse trainer John Nikolic has been sentenced to 23 years in jail for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht . He and wife Yvette were arrested after Fijian authorities discovered more than million worth of drugs, along with two guns, on their vessel, Shenanigans

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Justice Daniel Goundar handed down a sentence of 23 years' imprisonment with no parole for 18 years on Friday, Fiji Village reports.

While prosecutors called for a sentence of at least 20 years as a deterrent, Mr Nikolic's lawyers said he had tested positive for a gene that causes the degenerative Huntington's disease and was at risk of developing it years to come, according to the Herald Sun.

'There is a likelihood my client will contract the disease because two of his uncles [did],' defence lawyer Wasu Pillay said, ABC reported.

Former horse trainer is jailed for 23 years for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht ‘Shenanigans’© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited While prosecutors called for a sentence of at least 20 years as a deterrent, Mr Nikolic's lawyers said he had tested positive for a gene that causes the degenerative Huntington's disease and was at risk of developing it years to come, according to the Herald Sun The couple had been travelling across the Pacific and stopped at Fiji after visiting Colombia, on their way home to the Gold Coast, drawing the suspicions of customs officers who raided the boat and found 10 blocks of cocaine, the court heard during the trial.

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Former horse trainer is jailed for 23 years for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht ‘ Shenanigans ’. The wife of former Australian horse trainer John Nikolic has been freed from custody in Fiji after she was found not guilty of drugs and weapons charges.

Former Australian horse trainer John Nikolic has been found guilty of importing cocaine , ecstasy and handguns into Fiji . They were on a voyage on their luxury yacht ' Shenanigans ' around the United States in February 2018 with stops in Colombia and Panama before they were arrested.

Justice Goundar outlined the facts during sentencing, tracking the route of the yacht.

'The vessel left Florida on February 2, 2018 and travelled to Colombia, Panama, French Polynesia and Tahiti before arriving in Fiji,' Justice Goundar told the court.

'The final destination was Brisbane, Australia.

'Your wife is the registered owner of the vessel. She was with you on board, with three crew members.'

Mr Nikolic had claimed sole responsibility during the search, pointing officers to more hidden cocaine, before attempting to take his own life in an overdose after asking to use the bathroom, prosecutors said.

Justice Goundar last month ruled Ms Nikolic had no case to answer because the evidence against her was circumstantial.

She has since returned to Australia.

Mr Nikolic was in 2015 banned from racing for nine months for doping a horse.

Former horse trainer is jailed for 23 years for importing cocaine into Fiji on his luxury yacht ‘Shenanigans’© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Nikolic and wife Yvette were arrested after Fijian authorities discovered more than $20 million worth of drugs, along with two guns, on their vessel, Shenanigans, as it arrived in Port Denara in June
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