Drug pusher appeals again

Despite a previous appeal failure – a counter appeal increased his sentence – a drug pusher is appealing agian, this time to get his 18 year sentence reduced.

Northern Advocate: Drug kingpin Maxwell Beckham claims police misconduct

The alleged poice miscoinduct – listening in to his phone conversations – pales compareed to beckham’s Misconduct as a drug pusher.

Maxwell John Beckham, 67, from Mangonui, is serving an 18-year jail term with a minimum non-parole of nine years on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and supply methamphetamine and supplying methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis oil and ecstasy.

He was originally sentenced by the High Court in Auckland to 13-and-a-half years’ jail with a minimum non-parole period of seven years.

Beckham appealed the conviction in the Court of Appeal while the Solicitor General appealed against the length of the jail term on the grounds that considerations the sentencing judge made in reducing the sentence by five years no longer existed.

That court dismissed Beckham’s appeal but granted the Crown appeal, and replaced his original sentence with one of 18 years’ jail.

Having had his sentence increased – sounds fair enough to me for someone so involved in ruining peoiple’s lives – Beckham is trying to get it reduced. He must still have money to pay for lawyers.

Beckham then went to the Supreme Court and alleged an abuse of process by police relating to the granting of three interception warrants obtained for electronic surveillance.

He was arrested after a six-month inquiry in 2008 during which police tapped his cellphone and bugged his car.

Police listened to privileged conversations between Beckham and his lawyer while the former was in custody 18 months before his trial in the High Court.

The Court of Appeal had ruled there was no abuse of process by police and the interception warrants were properly issued.

But that hasn’t stopped him trying.

The Supreme Court granted him leave to appeal in July 2013 and the approved ground of appeal is whether he should have received a reduction in his sentence for breach of his rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.

During his Auckland trial, it was revealed Beckham was the kingpin of a methamphetamine syndicate.

Detectives found $865,720 hidden in a vehicle at his home when Beckham was arrested in 2008. Beckham’s assets and cash worth more than $10 million have been restrained.

Still enough cash to keep legally campaigning to reduce his sentence.

I have no sympathy for him, considering the number of life sentences of addiction he will have inflicted on people.