File photo from 2010: William Myles Bush (centre) with his co-accused Gerald Panganiban (right) and Bush's then lawyer, Bruce Peters.
File photo from 2010: William Myles Bush (centre) with his co-accused Gerald Panganiban (right) and Bush's then lawyer, Bruce Peters. Darryn Smith

Drug appeal: Bush's 'street level' strategy went up in smoke

A DRUG dealer busted in a major Sunshine Coast operation was included in strategy discussions, despite now blaming lawyers for his jail term.

William Myles Bush received a 13-year jail sentence in 2015 but the 45-year-old is now appealing the conviction.

He changed four of his pleas during the trial from not guilty to guilty.

Bush told the appeal court this change of plea made him look bad but he was following advice from lawyer Bruce Peters and barrister Andrew Hoare.

On Thursday, Mr Peters told the Queensland Court of Appeal the trial strategy was discussed with Bush several times.

At one point, the plan was to plead guilty to "street level” marijuana dealing but not guilty to more serious charges, Mr Peters said.

But during the Brisbane Supreme Court trial, there were admissions Bush supplied meth.

Mr Peters said Mr Hoare at one point said "Screw it, we're going to plead not guilty to everything”.

On Wednesday, Mr Hoare said Bush was not evasive when it came to giving instructions.

Crown Prosecutor Greg Cummings said Bush was not naive.

The court reserved its decision.

- NewsRegional 


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