Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Drug Importer's Hell in Jail

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Drug Importer's Hell in Jail

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Byline: Ava Benny-Morrison

EXPOSED to beatings, sexual assault and threats while cramped in a third world jail cell with eight other prisoners, Stephen Ploderer was living a nightmare.

The 37-year-old was a world away from his Sunshine Coast home waiting to be returned to Australia to face drug importation charges.

Ploderer was arrested in Malaysia in 2010 after Australian police discovered his attempt to import almost 1kg of amphetamine from the Netherlands through the post.

The former commercial diver and Fraser Island oyster farmer pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court this week to importing and possessing a marketable quantity of a drug.

Justice Peter Applegarth said the cruel treatment Ploderer faced in a anotoriousa Malaysian prison could be considered a form of punishment already served.

He sentenced Ploderer to six-and-a-half years in jail.

The court heard Ploderer left Australia in 2008 and was arrested in March, 2010, when a passport officer detected him. …

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