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Australia Canberra cafe owner Brendan Baker loses appeal bid to overturn conviction for drug trafficking

05:10  25 november  2020
05:10  25 november  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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A Canberra cafe owner who used social media to show off flashy cars and brag about his apparent wealth has failed to overturn his conviction for multiple drug offences.

Brendan Baker, 29, was last year sentenced to 13 years and eight months jail with a seven year non-parole period for a string of major drug charges, including importing drugs from China.

He claimed he was wrongly convicted and launched an appeal in the ACT Court of Appeal in November on seven grounds, including that the trial judge had "erred" on several points of law.

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A cafe owner , who boasted about his lavish lifestyle on social media, has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for drug offences. Brendan Leigh Baker was found guilty in the ACT Supreme Court of 11 charges relating to drug trafficking and distribution. The 28-year-old often flaunted flashy

Brendan Leigh Baker , 26, is facing a string of drug trafficking and importation charges. The social media lifestyle of one of five men charged over a "significant" drug trafficking operation in Canberra was "incompatible" with his reported income, police claim.

Today that appeal was dismissed by Justice Wendy Abraham, Justice David Mossop and Justice Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson, who said "there was no unexplained failure in this case".

Baker appeared in court via video link and nodded when the appeal was thrown out, telling the judge: "Yeah thank you, no worries".

Informer's credibility challenged in appeal

Baker was convicted of drug trafficking last year largely on the evidence of a police informer.

At the time, Baker's legal team argued this person was "unreliable" and a drug dealer who had struck a deal with police.

The informer's reliability was challenged again in Baker's appeal by his barrister Beth Morrisroe, who argued the jury should have doubt about the informer's credibility.

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Ms Morrisroe also argued that handwritten notes about drug deals found at Baker's share house were never analysed by an expert.

However, the arguments failed to sway the three-judge panel.

"An assessment of the evidence reflects that it was open to the jury to be satisfied about the guilt of the appellant in relation to the counts on which he was convicted," the judges found in their decision.

"There was evidence which supported his version of events, in that it rendered it more probable.

"It was open for the jury, who had the benefit of observing the witnesses in the trial give evidence, to be satisfied of the appellant's guilt."

Another of Baker's grounds of appeal was that prejudicial evidence was put to the jury, which the judges dismissed.

"The jury was given appropriate directions as to the use of this evidence and there is no basis to suppose that the jury would have done anything other than follow those directions," the judges said.

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Baker also said that prosecutors did not provide an adequate reason for not calling a witness, which the judges similarly dismissed.

Wads of cash found in Baker's home

Baker was arrested in 2018 and accused of trying to import drugs from China.

Large large wads of cash were found in his home during police searches.

During his trial, Baker's lawyers argued he legitimately bankrolled his lavish lifestyle, which was well-documented on social media, with proceeds from a Kingston cafe, a home renovation business and a building supplies shop.

"He's not on trial for being part of the selfie generation, or his prolific use of hashtags," Mr Baker's lawyer Astrid Haban-Beer said.

However, prosecutors convinced the jury Baker's wealth came not from his business ventures, but from drug dealing.

Baker was set a non-parole period of seven years, which was backdated to his arrest in 2018.

He will be eligible for release in April 2025.

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