WA man appeals sentence after being jailed for selling lethal drug to mate

Wadeson was jailed for two years in the WA District Court last month after being convicted of supplying a prohibited drug and possessing unlawfully obtained cash.

But Wadeson and his lawyer Shash Nigam are now appealing the two year term on the basis it was “manifestly excessive” given Wadeson’s guilty plea, his youth and the overall circumstances of the offending.

The grounds of the appeal — obtained by WAtoday — also argues the sentencing Judge should have suspended the term that was imposed.

At Wadeson’s sentencing hearing last month the court was told the 20-year-old sold the drug to his friend in a car park between 7.30pm and midnight for $20 and warned him not to take it all at once.

But Mr De Bie took the drug — similar to LSD — all in one go and was found dead in the park the next morning.

Wadeson, who was 18 at the time he sold the drug, was described in court by those close to him as a polite and respectful young man.

The court was told he also sold various drugs to “survive” and that it was his primary source of income.

Since the incident Wadeson had received death threats and had been “living a nightmare”, Mr Nigam told the court.

He was granted parole eligibility.

In handing down the two-year jail term Judge Amanda Burrows stressed she was not sentencing Wadeson for the death of Mr De Bie, but for supplying the illegal drug to him.

“I accept this has affected you greatly,” she said at the time.

“(But) you were aware this was a dangerous drug.

“You knew how potent this drug was. You’d taken it yourself. This was not a one-off supply.”

Phil is a Fairfax Media journalist based in Western Australia and covers court, crime and police

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