A former kickboxing champion who sold drugs under the ‘Gohard101’ handle to fund his cocaine addiction has been shortened for being ‘well mannered’.
Father of two Stuart McKinnon, 45, and another man twice sold 20,000 MDMA pills to undercover agents in 2017.
The founder of Bulldog Gym Muay Thai Castle Hill, northwest Sydney, was imprisoned for 11 years in April with a seven-year, six-month, unconditional release.
But Wednesday, McKinnon’s sentence was reduced to eight years after he challenged imprisonment in the Supreme Court of Criminal Appeal.
His seven-and-a-half-year parole fell to five years and six months, meaning he could get out of prison by mid-2024.
Stuart McKinnon, his wife Liz and their nine-year-old son. McKinnon, a convicted drug dealer, is in prison but will be able to see his family three years earlier, as his sentence was reduced from eleven to eight years on Wednesday.
McKinnon’s sentence was reduced because he became an ‘asset’ to Long Bay prison, serving his sentence, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The court heard that the recovering cocaine addict is now a ‘well-behaved’ sweeper who serves breakfast to other prisoners and provides mental health support.
The father of two has also “stopped everything from becoming physical” by breaking up fighting in prison.
In addition to his good behavior in prison, three appeals judges also felt that McKinnon’s first sentence last year was too harsh.
McKinnon and his wife Liz. The father’s appeal against his 11-year sentence was accepted on Wednesday by the professional judges, who took into account his good behavior in prison and concluded that his sentence was too heavy
McKinnon twice pleaded guilty to supplying large commercial quantities of MDMA. The conviction had to take into account lesser charges of drug possession and the treatment of crime proceeds.
Defense attorneys use this strategy to reduce overall punishment for multi-indicted clients.
But the three appellate judges found that the judge did not accurately account for the lower allegations, meaning McKinnon’s sentence was excessive.
McKinnon’s family now sees him three years earlier. He has a woman named Liz, a nine-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter, who are waiting for his return.
McKinnon is the founder of Bulldog Gym Muay Thai Castle Hill, in northwest Sydney. He has “prevented everything from becoming physical” by breaking up fighting in prison
During his conviction last year, McKinnon told the court his the downward spiral escalated when he developed a cocaine habit of 28 grams per week and was confronted with an increasing financial debt.
In the days after the arrest, McKinnon told Crystal that he was going to Thailand for a ten-day trip.
But it wasn’t until almost a year later that the kickboxing champion was arrested by the police.
Officers descended on his home in northwest Sydney on 1 May 2018 and confiscated $ 237,700 and four bottles of testosterone.
During his conviction last year, McKinnon told the court that his downward spiral escalated when he developed a 28-gram cocaine habit a week and got mounting financial debt
McKinnon has been accused of supplying large amounts of MDMA, possession of illicit drugs and dealing with crime proceeds.
He told the court when he held the money for a dealer amid his crippling debt.
McKinnon used about an ounce of cocaine a week in 2016 and his dealer effectively said, “We will have to fix this or things will get bad for me and my family.”
McKinnon told the court that an agreement had been made to house large amounts of cash to reduce his debt.
Officers descended on his home in northwest Sydney on 1 May 2018 and confiscated $ 237,700 and four testosterone vials
He got a BlackBerry phone on which he acted as ‘Gohard101’ and arranged transactions using encrypted chat.
McKinnon was forced out of his competitive kickboxing career due to a crippling back injury.
At the peak of his career, he had won a world championship and McKinnon admitted that participating in the sport gave him “drive” and “self-esteem.”
Judge Sean Grant said McKinnon’s motivation to insult was financial and dismissed a psychological report saying the crime was the result of his drug addiction.
McKinnon was sentenced to 11 years in prison with a seven-year and six-month release, which was reduced to eight years on Wednesday.
McKinnon could be released from prison before mid-2024 and back in his boxing gym