A foreign resources chief will be a free man much sooner after a Western Australian court overruled an earlier judgment.
The WA Court of Appeal agreed to reduce the jail term for former C&G Group Industries director Christopher Skelly by six months because he was sentenced based on a forgery offence that he was never charged or convicted of.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission had accused the British national who lived in Lark Hill, Queensland of forging invoices to obtain nearly $530,000 from debtors between December 2014 and January 2015.
In April 2019 Perth District Court handed Skelly a 3.5 year jail term after which he would be deported. However, the latest decision means he will only need to serve three years behind bars before being returning to the United Kingdom.
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QMEB understands the Commonwealth director of public prosecution also made the error.