Accused's legal team use Corby drug defence in Qld court
USING an example similar to the Schapelle Corby drug smuggling defence, a Queensland barrister has argued his client did not know where 10g of methylamphetamines came from.
Defence barrister Peter Nolan said if someone slipped marijuana into a bag without someone knowing, they could not be in possession of those drugs.
He then argued his client, Paul Matthew Beasley, could not have possessed methylamphetamines found at his girlfriend's unit simply because he was the only one there during a police raid on May 31 last year.
Mr Nolan told Brisbane District Court the drug possession laws were draconian.
He said the evidence in the case could not prove his client was an occupant of the home as the law required, nor that he had any knowledge the drug was in it.
"He was not found in possession of the drug. He was found in the vicinity of the drug," he said.
Crown prosecutor Danny Boyle said Beasley was caught red-handed, that there was "no such thing as a methylamphetamine fairy".
"He says he has absolutely no idea where these drugs could have fallen from," he said.
Mr Boyle said Beasley claimed he lived at Wacol, not the East Brisbane unit with the girl he claimed was just his "friend", but could not provide police with an actual address.
He said Beasley was regularly seen staying at the unit, he was there alone during the police raid, his wallet was near the drugs and officers found a package addressed to him at that unit.
Mr Boyle said it must just be an "unfortunate coincidence" that package - containing a drug-cutting agent for methylamphetamines - was mailed to the unit he claimed he did not live.
He asked the jury to use common sense and wisdom when they began deliberations on Tuesday afternoon.
Corby's lawyers argued that she had no knowledge of marijuana found in her bag until customs officials at an Indonesian airport found it.
She is still serving a jail sentence for drug smuggling despite numerous appeals proclaiming her innocence.