Killer driver’s bungled bribe and overseas drug shipment
A struggling businessman was desperate for cash when he offered a scrap metal dealer $1000 to release a petrol tanker that was storing hidden drugs, a court has heard.
Jared Joseph Clissold, 39, who was jailed for killing a Sunshine Coast woman in a head-on smash while drunk almost 20 years ago, appeared in Brisbane District Court this morning over the bungled bribe that led police back to his door.
The court was told the “compressed petrol tank” was filled with 5kg of marijuana and had been taken to a Rocklea depot after being imported from Papua New Guinea in a shipping container.
Clissold, who had been alerted to the drugs by an overseas contact, had made arrangements to sell the drugs and went to the yard in July 2018.
Prosecutor Carmen De Marco said Clissold offered the scrap metal dealer $1000 to let him take the tank before it cleared customs.
He later texted the dealer to apologise saying “I’m unsure what will happen now, I don’t need jail to further destroy my family.”
The Bulimba father pleaded guilty to attempting to possess dangerous drugs and one possessing anything used in the commission of a crime.
Barrister Robert Gordon said at the time, the exporter was “struggling financially” after a shipment he had organised to Bangladesh carrying $120,000 worth of scrap metal was stolen.
He had been on bail without incident for two years and had left the export industry to start agricultural fertiliser business.
Judge Michael Byrne QC struggled with whether he should return Clissold to jail.
“There’s no doubt your offending was patently commercial,” Judge Byrne said.
“On the other hand you are capable of very good things. You have been on bail for two years and there is the prospect of your business floundering if you are returned to jail.”
Clissold was sentenced to 18 months’ jail and ordered to serve three months behind bars.
After time already served, Clissold will be out next month.
In 2002, Clissold, then named Jared Joseph Merrill, was jailed for 15 months for killing Karen Jackson, 30, in a Buderim car crash while almost two times over the alcohol limit.
Originally published as Killer driver’s bungled bribe and overseas drug shipment