Gympie drug trafficker appeals against sentence

A CONVICTED meth trafficker says his lawyers ignored his claims he was innocent and his claims that police fabricated evidence against him.

Craig Cant pleaded guilty and was jailed last year for masterminding a drug ring operating between Brisbane and a farm outside Gympie.

But he has appealed his eight-year sentence, claiming he never agreed to the schedule of facts he was sentenced on.

At the Queensland Court of Appeal in Brisbane on Wednesday, Cant cross-examined the lawyers who represented him in the trial and sentencing.

Solicitor Bradley Heilbronn denied Cant's allegation he had "got his head together" with barrister Colin Reid to encourage Cant to plead guilty when Cant did not agree with the facts.

Mr Heilbronn and Mr Reid denied the allegations and said they had taken Cant through the schedule of facts multiple times before he pleaded guilty.

Mr Heilbronn told the court until Cant agreed to plead guilty he had maintained police had fabricated recorded phone evidence against him.

He said Mr Cant insisted police had taken his phone and used a "voice modulator" to impersonate him on recorded phone intercepts.

He said he had contacted multiple experts and all but one dismissed Mr Cant's suggestions. Mr Heilbronn said one was "willing to entertain" the idea but was unable to examine it without Mr Cant's phone.

Mr Cant had applied for a recording from the courtroom during an adjournment in a sentencing procedure to be played to the court because he said it covered the time when Mr Heilbronn and Mr Reid had spoken to him about his concerns.

But the court ruled that legislation on the recording of court rooms prevented any recordings during adjournments being played.

The court reserved its decision for a later date. - APN NEWSDESK



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