Corby drug defence fails to help man escape guilty verdict

A JURY did not believe a man who tried to use a drug possession defence similar to the Schapelle Corby drug smuggling case.

Paul Matthew Beasley's barrister had argued his client did not know where 10g of methylamphetamines came from.

Barrister Peter Nolan told Brisbane District Court that if someone slipped marijuana into a bag without someone knowing, they could not be in possession of those drugs.

He said 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.

Crown prosecutor Danny Boyle said Beasley was caught red-handed, that there was "no such thing as a methylamphetamine fairy".

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.

The jury found him guilty. He will be sentenced on Friday.

Corby's lawyers argued 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.



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