Martin Kennedy.© AAP
Martin Kennedy.

A disgraced former rugby league participant has informed a Sydney court docket he hoped illegally importing and exporting unique animals would assist him repay a debt to a convicted fraudster.

Former Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos prop Martin Kennedy’s NRL profession ended when he was banned for nearly three years by an anti-doping tribunal in 2016.

He confronted a sentence listening to in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Courtroom on Thursday after pleading responsible to 6 offences together with exporting native animals with out a allow.

He informed the court docket he had hoped the cash earned from the crimes would assist him pay some payments and canopy a debt of about $25,000 he owed to buddy Neil Simpson, a convicted financial institution fraudster later concerned in unlawful wildlife buying and selling.

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Kennedy, 30, was caught in 2016 after authorities investigating an unique wildlife smuggling ring intercepted a number of packages of dwell animals.

The wildlife included shingleback lizards, snapping turtles and sugar gliders.

The ex-footballer, who opened a snake breeding enterprise throughout his enjoying profession, acknowledged in court docket on Thursday he was conscious correct permits would enable him to legally export a number of the animals.

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However he mentioned he “did not need to”.

“I did not really feel the necessity. I disagreed with the strictness of the laws and did not suppose it was warranted,” he mentioned.

He testified his preliminary cause to get a mortgage from Mr Simpson was to assist repay a number of the “a whole bunch of 1000’s” in authorized charges he’d been charged after preventing his anti-doping ban.

Kennedy strongly denied Mr Simpson’s claims that he was really given the cash as a part of a three way partnership to purchase and breed albino snakes.

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“The primary I heard of the albino snake breeding program was when the assertion was tendered to the court docket (this 12 months),” he mentioned.

Mr Simpson had earlier testified he paid the ex-footballer $109,000 in two instalments to breed the unique snakes.

However he mentioned he had no document of the deal, explaining it was accomplished over safe encrypted messaging app wickr.

The sentence listening to will resume on Friday.

Choose Sean Grant mentioned he deliberate to condemn Kennedy on June 7.


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