Smugglers behind Australia’s largest cocaine bust lose high court bid

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Two men claiming they were unfairly convicted of one of Australia’s biggest cocaine hauls have failed in a bid to have their case looked at by the High Court.

Simon Golding and Terrance Elfar were last week found guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court of smuggling 400kg of cocaine into the country by yacht in 2010.


On Tuesday the pair’s lawyers asked the High Court to “remove” their case from the Supreme Court on several grounds including an unfair trial, but were told to go to the Court of Appeal first.

Last week a Brisbane Supreme Court jury found Simon Golding, Terrance Elfar and German national Holger Sander guilty of the commercial importation of a border-controlled drug in October 2010.