An Australian cafe owner who once lived a lavish lifestyle still claims he is innocent after being sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars for dealing drugs.
Brendan Leigh Baker was found guilty last year on 11 drug charges at the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court.
The 29-year-old was sentenced to 13 years and eight months jail with a seven year non-parole period on Tuesday.
His lawyer Beth Morrisroe argued her client’s innocence stating that the jury should have questioned the credibility of key prosecution witness Paul McCauley, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Brendan Leigh Baker was last year found guilty on 11 drug charges at the ACT Supreme Court
The 29-year-old was sentenced to 13 years and eight months jail with seven years non parole, and appeared at the ACT Court of Criminal Appeal on Tuesday
She told the court that McCauley was a drug dealer and was offered a deal to give evidence, and as a result, would avoid jail time.
Ms Morrisroe also claimed that the notebook police found in the living room area of her client’s share house was not examined by experts and could have belonged to anyone.
She told the panel of three judges that they should be in ‘doubt about whether an innocent man has been convicted’.
The judges said a decision for the appeal will be set at a later date.
Baker’s flashy social media presence, in which he frequently showed off his luxury cars, was previously shown to the jury.
The court heard he had owned five different cars including a Mercedes CLA 445, BMW 320i, Volkswagen Golf, BMW 23 Convertible and Subaru Forester.
According to his social media, Baker (pictured) frequently shared photos of his wealth while painting a ‘rags to riches’ success story
The court previously heard Baker (pictured) had owned five different cars including a Mercedes CLA 445, BMW 320i, Volkswagen Golf, BMW 23 Convertible and Subaru Forester
Baker’s ex girlfriend also testified that he once bragged about how his Mercedes cost as much as someone’s salary, and said she had witnessed him count large amounts of cash.
Prosecutors last year argued Baker’s income as a cafe owner did not match the image of wealth he was showing off, as well as the $80,000 in cash deposits he made.
According to his social media, Baker frequently shared photos of his wealth while painting a ‘rags to riches’ success story.
In a caption of a 2016 photo of Baker posing on his white Mercedes Benz, he wrote: ‘I was that kid that failed school, my family had nothing and me and my friends all were told we would go no where in life.
‘Funny how things have changed…
‘I feel so blessed to be able to look back on my life and see how far I’ve come…
‘Big shout out to all my friends & family that have motivated me to stop at nothing.’