Brazen drug smuggler delivers boyfriend more time in jail

Brett Wortman

A WOMAN'S brazen attempt to give drugs to her prisoner boyfriend ended badly on Tuesday when the Brisbane District Court extended his sentence.

Matthew James Bethune pleaded guilty before Justice Julie Dick to supplying a dangerous drug within a correctional facility.

Bethune, who was to be paroled from the Maryborough Correctional Centre in October, will not see the outside world until April next year.

The court heard the 43-year-old, whose previous offences included violent armed robberies, has been behind bars since 2003.

His latest run-in with the law happened last year while he was incarcerated in Wacol's Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

Crown prosecutor Amy McGee told the court Bethune's girlfriend was busted trying to smuggle about 11.5 grams of buprenorphine into the prison on July 12, 2014.

Ms McGee said police found a small balloon containing the drug inside the woman's bra and that it was intended for Bethune and a fellow inmate.

Police charged Bethune on February 14 over the drug find and as a result he remained behind bars when his October parole date rolled around.

Ms McGee said the charge breached a six-month suspended sentence.

"This is a serious offence and his conduct shows contempt for the justice system," Ms McGee told the court.

Defence counsel Scott Lynch said Bethune was trying to turn his life around despite being in jail for about 12 years.

"He really does aspire to (behave)," Mr Lynch told the court.

Justice Dick on Tuesday sentenced Bethune to a further 16 months' jail but said he could be considered for parole in April.

"You have a long, long criminal history," Justice Dick told the prisoner, who appeared via video link.

"And of course that's always going to play against you. You know that.

"And unfortunately it seems you were just about out again when this happened.

"Really, you're 43 now, so your choices have got to start to be better.

"Otherwise you are just going to keep going back and there's nothing I can do about that."


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