A SOLDIER who sold a total of 800 ecstasy tablets to undercover NSW police - sometimes while dressed in his army uniform - has been jailed for at least two years.
Defence force combat engineer, Sapper Blake Turner, 23, had pleaded guilty to supplying the drugs over a 30-day period in February and March this year at Moorebank.
In Sydney's District Court today, Acting Judge Graham Armitage noted Turner was of previous good character and had good prospects of rehabilitation.
In reports before the court, Turner had described his conduct as "stupid" and "ridiculous", and spoke of his desire to improve himself by establishing a career in business and finance.
As well as admitting the supply count, Turner had asked the judge to take into account a further 13 matters including unlawfully having $2160 in his possession.
On four separate occasions, Turner had supplied an undercover officer with ecstasy, the largest batch being 500 at $17 a tablet.
The judge noted evidence from Turner's school teacher father, who described his son as "a very talented boy" who had found school and sport easy.
His father referred to his son having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which he believed could have played a part in his offending, as he was impulsive.
Judge Armitage, who accepted Turner was genuinely remorseful, set a maximum term of four years.
He will be eligible for release on parole in February 2009, with his sentence backdated to March this year.
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