Friday, 6 June 2008

Bali drug mule's brother jailed

The Brisbane District Court was told today Richard Alexander Czugaj - older brother of drug mule Michael Czugaj - punched a man in the face and stole a remote control car at Oxley on March 24 last year after a 14-hour drinking session.

Defence lawyer James Godbolt told the court his client had started abusing alcohol after his brother was caught trying to import heroin from Indonesia to Australia.

Michael Czugaj is currently serving a life sentence in Bali for the attempted importation.

Mr Godbolt today told the court 24-year-old Richard Czugaj, a roof tiler from Oxley in Brisbane's west, had found it difficult to deal with the publicity surrounding his brother's incarceration and so had turned to drugs and alcohol.

The court was told the young father was so drunk at the time of the robbery that he had no recollection of the offence.

He approached two men sitting in a vehicle and asked them to show him a $500 remote control car they had, the court heard.

When his request was refused, Czugaj punched the 19-year-old owner three times in the face and forced him to hand over the car.

Czugaj pleaded guilty today to one count of robbery with personal violence.

He was sentenced to 18 months' jail.

Senior Judge Gilbert Trafford-Walker also activated four months of an outstanding intensive correction order, meaning Czugaj will be released on parole in February next year.

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