Lee Duffield

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Man jailed for crime he admitted

Travis Baker was sentenced to two and half years jail for drug trafficking while on suspended sentence. Photo: Isobel Roe

Travis Baker was sentenced to two and half years' jail for drug trafficking while on suspended sentence. Photo: Isobel Roe

A Redcliffe man has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail for a drug trafficking offence he admitted to police.

Travis Baker, aged 25, was arrested by police on February 27, 2009 after he was caught with ecstasy pills.

During a police interview, Mr Baker admitted to drug trafficking: an offence police otherwise would not have discovered.

Crown Prosecutor Katrina Overell said Mr Baker was drinking in public with friends the night he was arrested, when police instructed them to move on.

After leaving a bag at the scene, the group returned quickly to collect it.

When Mr Baker saw the policeman watching, he passed the bag to a friend who tried to hide it in his pants.

The bag was seized and found to contain 48 ecstasy tablets, weighing about 17 grams.

Mr Baker was on a suspended sentence for grievous bodily harm from a “two-punch” brawl on New Year’s Eve 2008.

He had one year and two months of the suspended sentence remaining.

Ms Overell reminded Judge John Byrne of his obligation to include the remainder of his original sentence in his new sentencing.

Defence barrister Peter Kelly urged Judge Byrne to disregard Mr Baker’s criminal history in drug trafficking.

A laughing Judge Byrne replied, “I suppose I should, but it’s appalling!”

Mr Kelly also said his client was a “low-level street dealer”, who only made two dollars profit from each pill he sold.

He also said though Mr Baker was not “Robinson Crusoe”, he showed remorse and fully cooperated with police.

“There is obviously something wrong in this young man’s life,” Mr Kelly said.

 “There have been more smarter [sic] people involved in drug dealing, Your Honour, but he made full admissions.”

Mr Kelly said Mr Baker is the sole carer for his mother with breast cancer, and father with emphysema.

Judge Byrne sentenced Mr Baker as a warning to potential drug dealers, and reprimanded him for his “heedlessness”.

 “You were given a chance, you were warned of the consequences and you chose to ignore the warning and take the risk,” Judge Byrne said.

“People have to understand…if you break the law during the term of suspension you will come back and go to jail.”