A South Australian former
bikie jailed for drug trafficking, blackmail and trying to
steal security footage of a robbery has had his sentence
more than doubled after an appeal by the Director of Public
Hells Angels bikie Graham Daniel Young, from Mount Gambier,
was sentenced to three years in jail with a non-parole
period of 18 months in November last year after pleading
guilty to blackmail, four counts of drug trafficking and
attempting to obstruct the course of justice.
The court previously heard
police found Young in possession of drugs and found cocaine,
methamphetamine and ecstasy stored at his father's house on
It also heard Young had
tried to retrieve CCTV footage of the robbery before police
could get to it and that he had threatened a man who he
claimed made a crude remark to his girlfriend at the time,
leading the man to pay him $2,000.
On Thursday, the Court of
Criminal Appeal imposed a new sentence of seven years, one
month and five weeks with a non-parole period of four years.
In his judgment, Chief
Justice Chris Kourakis said Young was a "regular and
substantial trader" in drugs and the original sentence for
trafficking offences was "manifestly inadequate".
"A starting point of less
than five years failed to properly reflect the seriousness
of the respondent's commercial dealing," he said.
"The starting point of
three years selected by the judge has resulted in a
sentence which is an egregious failure to maintain an
adequate standard of punishment for crimes of this
Both the sentence and the
non-parole period were backdated to December 2014