Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traffic

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Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traffic

Post by Anchor Moy » Thu May 07, 2015 11:57 pm

He's very sorry, but looks like he's f'ked.
ACCUSED drug trafficker Peter Gardner, 26, has begged a Chinese court for mercy at the end of a lightening one-day trial for attempting to smuggle 30.2kg of methamphetamine.

Gardner, who faces the death penalty, said he thought the packages — which he claimed not to have opened — contained performance enhancing peptides rather than ice.
There is also a woman involved , but it's not clear where she fits in. Gardner says he took her along on his drug-smuggling trip to "entertain her". Oh right, the bags carrying the dope were in her name.
Gardner almost escaped from China in November last year but stayed to save his travelling companion, Australian Kalynda Davis, in whose names the bags were checked into the China Southern flight to Sydney, after she was stopped by customs officials at the airport.
He said he was about to board the plane to Australia by himself but turned himself in to officials in order to save her.
He said his confession to customs officials in Guangzhou was designed to save Ms Davis.
Gardner said he had only invited Davis, who he recently met through an online dating site, to China to entertain her since she was in ‘low mood’ in that period.
His case is not helped by the fact that this was not his first trip carrying drugs.
It was revealed that it was the second time Gardner had flow to Guangzhou in juts(sic) three months, naming a previous trip — in which he admitted he had carried packages back — in September 2014. He claimed he paid $13,000 for the peptides.
http://www.news.com.au/national/austral ... 7343178742" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

People just keep doing this shit. The death penalty doesn't seem to be working very well as a deterrent.
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Re: Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traf

Post by The Add Jay » Fri May 08, 2015 6:10 am

Reading this I learned about the Bali 9. Never heard of these stories while in the states. Good stuff.
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Re: Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traf

Post by Rain Dog » Fri May 08, 2015 9:38 am

Anchor Moy wrote:He's very sorry, but looks like he's f'ked.
ACCUSED drug trafficker Peter Gardner, 26, has begged a Chinese court for mercy at the end of a lightening one-day trial for attempting to smuggle 30.2kg of methamphetamine.

Gardner, who faces the death penalty, said he thought the packages — which he claimed not to have opened — contained performance enhancing peptides rather than ice.
There is also a woman involved , but it's not clear where she fits in. Gardner says he took her along on his drug-smuggling trip to "entertain her". Oh right, the bags carrying the dope were in her name.
Gardner almost escaped from China in November last year but stayed to save his travelling companion, Australian Kalynda Davis, in whose names the bags were checked into the China Southern flight to Sydney, after she was stopped by customs officials at the airport.
He said he was about to board the plane to Australia by himself but turned himself in to officials in order to save her.
He said his confession to customs officials in Guangzhou was designed to save Ms Davis.
Gardner said he had only invited Davis, who he recently met through an online dating site, to China to entertain her since she was in ‘low mood’ in that period.
His case is not helped by the fact that this was not his first trip carrying drugs.
It was revealed that it was the second time Gardner had flow to Guangzhou in juts(sic) three months, naming a previous trip — in which he admitted he had carried packages back — in September 2014. He claimed he paid $13,000 for the peptides.
http://www.news.com.au/national/austral ... 7343178742" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

People just keep doing this shit. The death penalty doesn't seem to be working very well as a deterrent.
It will be interesting to see if Australia (as dependent as it is on Chinese Exports) will make as big a stink over this, as they did in Indonesia over the Bali 9.

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Re: Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traf

Post by vladimir » Fri May 08, 2015 10:54 am

If Abbott is quick, maybe he can sneak some aid in, and then refer to that to bargain in future.

Worked wonders last time...
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Re: Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traf

Post by Sailorman » Fri May 08, 2015 11:38 am

What do you call a female "Mule."
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Post by kiwiincambodia » Fri May 08, 2015 11:48 am

No sympathy. He knew the risks and got caught.
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Re: Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traf

Post by TheGrinchSR » Fri May 08, 2015 11:58 am

I'm fervently anti-death penalty. I hope that Australia does create the kind of stink that was delivered to Indonesia. I hope the whole world does.

People are stupid but it doesn't mean they deserve to die for it. The prohibition-era of drugs is coming to a close - the UN and most national leaders know it's stupid. They've sold the lie for so long though... that their stupid constituencies and electorates don't know it and therein lays the delay in legalization.

Humanity will look back on this era with shame and regret. This is just killing one more person for no valuable reason. The death penalty does not work. It does not act as a deterrent and in fact, may even act to encourage someone to commit further crime (if you're going to die - why not?). It reduces the state to the level of a criminal. In democracies that enact the death penalty - it means the citizens carry culpability for state sanctioned murder too.

This Australian may be a "low life drug dealer" (for those who actually believe that nonsense) but he's also someone's son. He also returned to try and rescue someone that he had got in trouble - that suggests that he is not beyond redemption either. He could have walked away. He didn't.

For all that people like to look down on others, it only takes a few wrong turns in life to end up somewhere beyond your ability to control. You should support people like this man - next time it could be you.
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Re: Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traf

Post by kiwiincambodia » Fri May 08, 2015 12:09 pm

Sorry totally disagree.

We cannot dictate what laws a country should abide by. They chose that this crime is punishable by death and that is their choice.

This idiot didn't think about the lives and heartbreak he was causing by trafficking ice onto the streets. It's a fucked up drug and destroys a lot of people, not just the ones taking it as well.

He chose to break the law and now needs to face the consequences, no matter what they may be.
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Re: Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traf

Post by Anchor Moy » Fri May 08, 2015 4:30 pm

Hey Kiwi,it seems he's a Kiwi after all.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/68341 ... e-in-china" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Gardner said he trusted his supplier and considered him a good friend, having worked in his capacity as a carpenter on the source's various housing extensions.

He said he was relayed detailed instructions to follow on his Blackberry, including a specific China Southern flight to catch back to Sydney whose scheduled arrival coincided with the shift times of the syndicate's baggage handlers. Gardner was due to fly onward to Auckland after a layover in Sydney.

"They can smuggle anything, and they can get it for cheap," he said. "Drugs, pharmaceuticals, anything."
He does sound a bit naive. A guy he's been working for suggests some easy money:
"Hey man, how'd you like this really cushy job. I'd do it myself but I'm a bit busy/due to have a baby/have a dentist appointment. It's not really illegal or just a misdemeanor, but anyway you can't get busted cause its all fixed with the customs guys. Just pick up a suitcase and fly back and you get $x for doing nothing. Take your girlfriend, all expenses paid."
It's possible that he believed that he was just shifting steroids,and that everyone was paid off in advance, but for all those future mules out there, I would like to say that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

The syndicate that was running the show would probably like to see him executed to keep him from talking, so if the Australian cops want the info enough maybe they can cut a deal with the Chinese to save his life. It would be more logical to try get to those who are behind the whole deal, including the racket at Sydney airport - sounds like high level organized crime.
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Re: Australian man faces death penalty in China for ice traf

Post by vladimir » Fri May 08, 2015 6:27 pm

TheGrinchSR wrote:I'm fervently anti-death penalty. I hope that Australia does create the kind of stink that was delivered to Indonesia.
The delivered that smelly diseased Abbott to Indonesia?

How does Abbot treat vulnerable people such as refugees?

Ah, he sends them to Paradise, aka Cambodia..

Nice.

I have enormous respect for you Grinch, but this was not a random, impulsive decision; it was a cold, calculated decision to fuck every junkie and let them die, as long as he gets the dosh.

I hope he suffers.
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