Cheese factory drug cook loses appeal

AN appeal court has rejected Toowoomba's cheese factory drug cook's claims he should not have been convicted.

The Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Christopher John Harper's appeal against conviction and refused his application to appeal his sentence.

The 55-year-old Millmerran man was sentenced to 10 years in jail after a jury found him guilty of 22 offences last year in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

The "serious and violent offender" was ordered to serve 80% of a 10-year jail term before being eligible for parole.

He was charged after police raids found enough chemicals to make 2.4 tonnes of methamphetamine at a property he owned.

He used an old Wellcamp cheese factory to cook the drugs.

In appealing the conviction, Harper claimed his trial miscarried due to evidence he gave under compulsory examination and the Crown failed to disclose evidence, the verdicts were unreasonable and the judge made mistakes when addressing the jury about "lies" and "trafficking".

However, Justice Debra Mullins rejected the claims, saying the conviction was warranted and the sentence was not excessive.

- APN NEWSDESK



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