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Australia Ex-NRL player jailed for animal smuggling

05:20  18 october  2019
05:20  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A year after rugby league player Martin Kennedy made the headlines for doping, he introduced himself as 'Ben' at a Darling Harbour bar to someone he Under a feeble pseudonym, the disgraced Sydney Roosters footballer bragged of his other lucrative income stream involving smuggling wildlife such as

international animal smuggling ring' Embattled NRL star Martin Kennedy arrested over illegal wildlife smuggling ring Kennedy was arrested at his Bondi home on Friday following federal police raids Police allege the suspended NRL player trafficked reptiles on the black market The smuggling ring

Former NRL player Martin Kennedy has been jailed for animal smuggling after the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal overturned a lengthy good-behaviour bond. © AAP Images Former NRL player Martin Kennedy has been jailed for animal smuggling after the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal overturned a lengthy good-behaviour bond.

Former rugby league player Martin Kennedy has been jailed for four years for wildlife smuggling after an appeal court ruled a good-behaviour bond wasn't a tough enough penalty.

The former Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos prop - whose NRL career ended with a doping ban in 2016 - was immediately taken into custody on Friday after the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal decision.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty in 2018 to six offences including attempting to export shingleback lizards to Sweden, importing alligator snapping turtles and neotropical stingrays from Thailand, and illegally possessing two pythons at his Sydney home.

A District Court judge ruled he had excellent prospects of rehabilitation and sentenced him to the longest good-behaviour bond available to judges.

But the appeal court on Friday agreed with prosecutors that the sentence was manifestly inadequate.

"This is some of the most serious offending of its kind which has come before the courts," Justices Anthony Payne and Elizabeth Fullerton said.

Men arrested in lizard smuggling case .
Men from Melbourne and Sydney have been arrested for their alleged links to a reptile smuggling ring including posting lizards to Hong Kong.A man caught on camera allegedly posting two lizards in the mail to Hong Kong has been arrested during a police raid in Melbourne.

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