THE sentencing of former Albury detective Matthew Louis Marshall on 13 drug charges has been deferred until next week.
Before then, Albury magistrate Tony Murray will consider sentencing submissions put to him yesterday.
Mr Murray said in Albury Local Court a primary consideration would be the impact more time in jail could have on Marshall’s rehabilitation.
“There is a large amount of rehabilitation that has been undertaken,” Mr Murray said.
He said judgments handed down by superior courts indicated returning offenders to jail, even for short periods, could put rehabilitation at risk.
“It does present the court with some difficulty,” Mr Murray said.
Marshall, 42, of Thurgoona, became a “street level dealer” in an extensive drug syndicate run by Malcolm John Collins, who recently was sentenced in the District Court to a head sentence of 66 months for supplying a commercial quantity of the drug ice.
But solicitor Paul Robb said Marshall had received little, if any, financial gain.
Marshall was charged with 20 offences but, in May, pleaded guilty to 13 supply charges, mainly involving agreement to provide drugs.
He was arrested on October 10 last year after a covert operation by Albury’s drug squad.
He spent 75 days in custody before his release on Supreme Court bail on December 23.
Marshall spent time in rehabilitation in January, February and a further recent period — a total of 64 days.
Director of Public Prosecutions representative Diana Paterson said the objective seriousness of Marshall’s offending must be taken into consideration on sentencing.
“It is a difficult sentencing exercise,” Ms Paterson said.
Mr Robb said sending Marshall back to jail for one or two months put him at risk of his rehabilitation running off the rails.
He said a message of deterrence to the community would be greatly outweighed by the likely impact on Marshall.
“It would be a pointless exercise in my submission,” Mr Robb said.
Mr Murray deferred sentencing until Monday.