An alleged drug smuggler’s mom has been jailed for serving to him flee Australia.
Elizabeth Anne Turner informed a court docket she believed her son had taken his personal life when he disappeared in 2015 shortly earlier than he was resulting from face trial on drug prices.
However after a nine-day trial a jury final 12 months discovered Turner responsible of 1 rely of making an attempt to pervert justice and three counts of giving a false testimony.
Her son Markis Scott Turner was arrested in 2011 over allegations he was a part of a suspected drug smuggling ring that deliberate to import a 50-kilogram cargo of cocaine into Australia.
The now 66-year-old had supplied surety of $450,000 and $70,000 money as a part of her son’s bail situations.
Turner later fought an software for her to fulfil her obligations as surety saying she believed her son had taken his personal life.
Final 12 months’s trial in Mackay discovered she had aided her son to flee Australia and helped him to stay at massive.
Turner supplied cash for her son to purchase a yacht, and likewise travelled along with his spouse and kids to Poland, District Court docket Choose Suzanne Sheridan mentioned.
She mentioned Turner’s lies might not have resulted in any acquire, however her conduct was designed “to keep away from a major monetary loss … and it was designed to keep away from your son’s seize”.
“I settle for that you simply have been positioned within the place the place, out of affection on your son, you assisted him to flee,” Choose Sheridan informed Turner in handing down the sentence.
Markis Turner was later detained within the Philippines.
Turner was sentenced to a head sentence of 4 years in jail.
She has to serve two years in custody earlier than being eligible for parole.
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