Former Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley’s struggles with the law continued in Grafton today, when a local court magistrate tacked a month onto his jail time after he was found with a mobile phone in his possession in jail.
Former Olympic kayaker Nathan Baggaley’s struggles with the law continued in Grafton today, when a local court magistrate tacked a month onto his jail time after he was found with a mobile phone in his possession in jail. Contributed

Disgraced Olympic kayaker’s jail term extended

THERE will be no family reunion for a son's birthday for disgraced Olympic kayaking silver medallist Nathan Baggaley.

Baggaley, 40, was due to be released on parole in November 3 after serving time for drug trafficking and supply offences.

That is until a mobile phone hidden inside a hollowed out loaf of bread was found in his possession on March 18 while Baggaley was serving time in Grafton jail.

Defence solicitor Joe Fahey told Grafton Local Court today his client wanted to get out of jail in time for his son's birthday on November 12.

Mr Fahey argued his client had been punished enough since the discovery of the phone.

Baggaley has been moved from Grafton, where he was placed to be closer to his family, to Goulburn's maximum security prison, which has much tighter security disiplines.

"My client has lost numerous privileges already as this matter has been dealt with in house," Mr Fahey said.

Magistrate Robyn Denes was not swayed by these arguments.

"Many people would not realise the significance of a prisoner having a mobile phone in custody," she said.

"Prisoners are prohibited from having either a mobile phone or an active SIM card.

"This phone was secreted in a loaf of bread, which shows how much it was sought after in the prison."

She said there was a need for general deterrence and specific deterrence in the sentence for Baggaley.

"Mobile phones in prisons cause significant security issues for prison guards, other prisoners, witnesses, associates of prisoners and co-accuseds," Ms Denes said.

Ms Denes convicted Baggaley and sentenced him to a further month's imprisonment, starting from November 2.



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