Alleged meth trafficker claims his lawyers let him down
AN ALLEGED Sunshine Coast drug trafficker has told Queensland's highest court his lawyers did not properly represent him and made him plead guilty to untrue facts.
Joshua Earl Wilkinson pleaded guilty at Brisbane Supreme Court in November last year to trafficking methylamphetamines and other drugs.
He was sentenced to six years' jail with a parole eligibility date in December 2017.
But Wilkinson took his conviction and sentence to Queensland Court of Appeal on Wednesday claiming his lawyers did not represent him properly and the facts he pleaded guilty to were untrue.
Wilkinson told the court he wanted to dispute the case facts the prosecution alleged.
"I feel that if I had more time to speak to my lawyer ... I would have received the (suspended sentence) I was talking about," he said.
Wilkinson said he should have received a suspended prison sentence instead of being jailed.
But Justice Hugh Fraser said Wilkinson's suggestion that the sentencing justice was "on the verge" of giving him a suspended sentence was "ridiculous".
"You would have been the subject of an Attorney-General's appeal if you had received that sentence," he said.
Wilkinson admitted to the court his lawyers had told him he faced about 10 years' jail if he was found guilty at a trial, but less jail time if he pleaded guilty.
Justice Fraser pointed to inconsistencies between Wilkinson's claims in documents filed to the court and what he was saying in person.
"Why should we believe anything you say standing there? We have conflicting statements in writing with what you are saying," he said.
"You've told us a lot of things but you'd not given us any evidence for them."
But Wilkinson maintained he spoke "only the truth".
Crown prosecutor Jodie Wooldridge said when Wilkinson was sentenced he was read the schedule of facts and had to agree to them to plead guilty.
The court heard Wilkinson had opportunities to tell his lawyer he did not agree with the facts but never did so.
The court will hand down its decision at a later date.