EVENING POST, March 18th 1996
Two convicted murderers have been given jail sentences for conspiring to supply cannabis to one of them in prison. In the High Court at Wellington on Friday Michael John Sneller, 51, of Stokes Valley, was sentenced to four months jail for the cannabis conspiracy and a concurrent term of 18 months for conspiracy to supply morphine. Sneller was convicted of murder and aggravated robbery in 1983. He was released on life parole three years ago.
Riki Goodin, 48, was sentenced to six months jail for the cannabis conspiracy. He was convicted of murder in 1980 and released on life parole in 1991. Goodin was serving a sentence for another offence, committed on September 10, 1994, when he rang Sneller from prison asking for cannabis. Goodin made an eloquent plea from the dock for the judge not to send him to prison. He said he didn't have a drug problem until he went to prison. He had been locked up since he was eight years old and it was time to try an alternative.
"There are more drugs in jail than there are on the outside. If you want me to beat my problem, don't put me inside."Sneller's de facto wife, Barbara Ann Stuart, 29, delivered the cannabis to Goodin. Justice McGechan said she was a reluctant courier and sentenced her to three months periodic detention. Last May Stuart was sentenced to jail on drugs charges arising at the same time as the cannabis charge. Sneller cared for their young child during her sentence. The morphine charge against Sneller involved tablets sold for about $3000 to a woman who prosecutor Mark O'Donoghue said ran a "drug supermarket".
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Sentenced to life (seven years at that time) in mid 1980
Was released 1991 but reoffended and re-imprisoned soon after
Sentenced to 6 months (conspiracy to supply cannabis) in March 1996
Eligible for parole June 1996, likely to already be out.
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