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According to the lawyer of Australian Jake Mastroiannai no drugs were found in his possession when he was arrested in 2014. The 26 year old DJ from Sydney was arrested in Pattaya along with Brit Lance Whitmore who handed fifty years in jail after pleading not guilty while Mastroiannai was given two life sentences.
On Wednesday in the appeal court, the judges upheld the sentence Mastroiannai, his family, friends and lawyers hoped would be reduced. Whitmore, who pleaded guilty to his charges saw no reduction in court to his fifty year sentence either.
Whitmore was found in possession of 200 ecstasy tablets during an undercover police sting. On arrest he led the police to the home of Mastroianni’s girlfriend where 61 more ecstasy pills were discovered. Mastroianni was subsequently charged. Mastroianni’s Bangkok based lawyer Nathan Freeney of a firm called Thailand Bali said that the Australian was unlucky because there was still doubt as to whether ecstasy tablets he was charged for possession of were actually his. He went on to say that due to poor legal advice on his arrest the two quantities of pills were combined for the indictment which lead to the Australian being charged with possession of 261 pills which carries a life sentence.