Meth cook has jail term cut

ROB KIDD
Last updated 13:57 27/03/2013

Relevant offers

Crime

Sanson woman sentenced to community work for crash that killed partner Correspondence between Queenstown kidnapping case accused produced in court Lower Hutt men appear in court charged with making fake licences and passports Police push for Sydney-style lockout for Wellington's downtown party zone Woman blames 'earwig' for firearms statement mix-up in murder trial Sophie Elliott's mum addresses psychological abuse in relationships Second victim named in case of Helen Silverwood killing in Wellington Chinese gang sends $300,000 of meth 'on tick' to Oamaru man after Facebook contact Police hunting for black SUV after ram raids in Hamilton No bail for man who locked down Parliament on Budget Day

One of the country’s most significant meth cooks, who was caught making P while on bail, has had his sentence cut by the Court of Appeal.

In September 2011, 48-year-old Christian Paul Clifton was sentenced to life imprisonment, which was the first life sentence to be handed down for such offending by the District Court.

However, in a decision released today, his jail term was altered to 20 years imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 10 years.

Police Operation Royale in 2009 caught Clifton manufacturing 1.3kg of P in west Auckland and supplying it to a network of buyers, including gang members.

At the time he was on parole after serving a six year, 10-month sentence in 2004 for importing and manufacturing methamphetamine.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to cooking the Class-A drug on 10 occasions.

At a disputed facts hearing, Judge Roy Wade ruled that Clifton would have made at least 1.3kg of P in the 10 cooks and labelled him “one of this country’s most significant methamphetamine manufacturers”.

In March 2011, while on bail awaiting sentence, Clifton was caught red-handed cooking methamphetamine in a shipping container in Wellsford.

During the Court of Appeal hearing, defence counsel argued he was not the “primary player” in the drug network and he faced stand-over tactics from gangs.

Though the court saw no merit in that argument, they said his life sentence was “manifestly excessive” and imposed the substitute of 20 years imprisonment.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content