A dominatrix drug "queen" from Woodville and her P-dealing
boyfriend have appealed against their sentences.
Jolene Rose, described at her Palmerston North High Court
trial last year as a "methamphetamine queen" and her
boyfriend, Sean Christiaan Murray, appealed against their
sentences at the Court of Appeal at Auckland yesterday.
Last June, Rose, then 37, was sentenced to 20 years'
imprisonment with a minimum term of 10 years, and had to
forfeit more than $760,000 in cash she had hidden around her
rural Woodville property.
She was found to have supplied at least 8.4 kilograms of
Rose was accused of, but denied, dealing methamphetamine from
August 2008, but pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing
cannabis for the purpose of supply.
At her trial before a jury at the Hight Court at Palmerston
North last April, she was found guilty of 22 charges
including supplying methamphetamine, possessing the drug for
supply and 20 firearms-related charges.
Murray, then 43, was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment
after pleading guilty to 23 firearms and drugs-related
At her Palmerston North trial, Rose's lawyer said she was a
sex worker who offered dominatrix services and acted as a
However, Crown prosecutor Daniel Flinn described her as "the
methamphetamine queen" and Murray, "the methamphetamine
Together, they presided over a drug empire involving the sale
of millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine, Mr Flinn
At the Court of Appeal at Auckland yesterday, Rose's lawyer
Dr Donald Stevens QC said her sentence was manifestly
The quantity of methamphetamine involved in the offending was
determined by the judge without giving Rose's counsel an
opportunity to be heard on the issue, Dr Stevens said.
The period of time over which the offending took place was
also determined without sufficient evidence, and cash found
at the property was deemed profit from dealing
methamphetamine, as opposed to turnover, Dr Stevens said.
Murray's lawyer Paul Surridge said at sentencing that his
client received a substantially high starting point - 12
years - considering his role in the offending.
"He was not a runner, he was not an in-between person, he was
not an accountant, he didn't even bury the cash."
Murray was the man in charge of security and "taking the
garbage out" who had an unhealthy interest in firearms, Mr
He had pleaded guilty to the drugs charges only out of a
mistaken sense of loyalty to Rose, his lawyer said.
Crown lawyer Peter Marshall said there was a "wealth of
evidence" to suggest Rose was running a "massive operation"
and her sentence was "well within the available range".
Murray's sentence was also well within the appropriate range,
given he purchased vehicles and furniture for the operation,
set up sophisticated security systems, supplied a huge number
(23) of firearms and introduced new clients, Mr Marshall
Court of Appeal Justices Patrick Keane, Lynton Stevens and
Pamela Andrews reserved their decision.
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ