Drug bust offender avoids jail
A man sentenced as part of a multimillion-dollar drug operation has avoided jail, and turned his life around since being charged.
Aiden James Pinny, 35, was yesterday sentenced in the High Court at Hamilton on charges of conspiracy to supply pseudoephedrine and methamphetamine.
Pinny's offending was uncovered during a police drug bust in 2009, nicknamed Operation Cape.
Six other men involved in the drug bust have been sentenced over the past six months - including ringleader Stephen John Grey - however Pinny, who was not considered a central figure in the drug ring, had his sentencing delayed.
During September of 2009 Pinny had received a call offering him five "sets" of pseudoephedrine, a precursor to the drug methamphetamine, which he had then offered to another associate. However, Pinny had later pulled out of the deal.
Justice Sarah Katz sentenced him to six months' community detention and 100 hours of community work.
She said the sentence was reduced as Pinny had committed no offences since 2009 and finally appeared to have turned his life around.
He had a successful painting and decorating business and was in a stable relationship.
He also did not appear to have an underlying drug addiction.