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Ice trafficker says he was 'wronged' over six-year sentence

Mackay drug dealer Robert Benjamin Frith has appealed his six-year jail term.
Mackay drug dealer Robert Benjamin Frith has appealed his six-year jail term.

A CONVICTED ice trafficker has begged three of Queensland's top legal minds "to right the wrong that was done” when he was sentenced to six years in prison.

Facing three Queensland Court of Appeal justices, Mackay's Robert Benjamin Frith argued he deserved less time behind bars because he was "rehabilitated” when he was sentenced on charges of trafficking, supplying and possessing drugs and possessing a weapon.

The 37-year-old was busted in 2015 dealing drugs to 10 people, including an undercover police officer he sold $36,500 of ice to.

At the time of his sentencing, Justice David North heard Frith bragged to the police officer that his drug sales had paid for a car, a boat and a jet ski and had netted him $450,000.

"I'm left with a feeling of some unease, that is a lurking doubt as to whether you haven't approached the sentence today with the same degree of planning and foresight as you approached the planning of your trafficking,” Justice North said before sentencing the offender to six years in jail with parole eligibility after 4.8 years.

Frith fronted the appeal court via videolink from prison on Tuesday, saying he sold drugs because he was an addict and "did stupid things”.

He also said he was now drug-free and would not return to dealing. 

"I did well at what I did and that's unfortunate for me,” Frith said.

"I was addicted and just about everything I did in my entire life was about driving that addiction.

"I did what I did, I was an addict and did stupid things.”

In arguing for a sentence reduction, Frith claimed he had taken responsibility for his crimes, no longer blaming his "troubled childhood” for his behaviour.

"I will never go back to that life,” Frith said.

"I will be an asset to the community.

"I do believe this is an opportunity for you to right the wrong that was done to me when I was sentenced.”

Justices Philip McMurdo, Philip Morrison and David Boddice will hand down their decision at a later date. - NEWS REGIONAL

Topics:  drugs ice justice philip mcmurdo justice philip morrison methamphetamine queensland court of appeal


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