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Sam Fisher: Former St Kilda footballer jailed over Western Australia drug smuggling plot

A former AFL champion’s two-year criminal case has ended in tears in a Melbourne courtroom as he was led from the room by two custody officers.

Ex-St Kilda player Sam Fisher, 41, was supported by his parents and partner as he returned before the County Court of Victoria on Thursday.

He was tearful as he was jailed for five years and four months on drug trafficking and drug possession charges.

The court was told the 13-year veteran of the game was arrested in 2022 after a “suspicious parcel” in Western Australia was found to contain $129,000 in cash sent by Perth man Julien Morvan, 35.

Sam Fisher arrives at court with family and his barrister Dermot Dann KC. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Andrew HenshawSource: News Corp Australia

Police then intercepted a second large parcel addressed to Morvan containing 996 grams of methamphetamine and 82 grams of cocaine stashed inside a kitchen range hood.

On Morvan’s phone, police found text messages with Fisher — who picked up the range hood from a Harvey Norman store and delivered it to Morvan’s father six days later.

A raid on Fisher’s home on May 18 the same year uncovered quantities of drugs including ketamine, LSD, methamphetamine, diazepam and steroids.

Fisher had been scheduled to face trial in early April, but pleaded guilty to all charges a week before the trial began after receiving a sentence indication from Judge Mullaly who found he served a “courier-type” role in the offending.

At the sentence indication, Fisher’s barrister Dermot Dann KC said his client’s life had “spiralled out of control” after retiring from AFL due to injury.

Sam Fisher retired in 2016. Picture: Adam Trafford/AFL MediaSource: Supplied

He told the court Fisher’s recreational drug use had “intensified” amid the Covid-19 pandemic and a failed property development.

“To his credit, and what makes this situation even more tragic, is he has devoted himself to his rehabilitation ever since,” he said.

Judge Mullaly agreed, saying his life post-sport had deteriorated quickly, with his mental heath degrading without his support network during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

“You acknowledge now you were fiercely addicted… in those circumstances you began to move in circles of those involved in drugs,” he said.

“I accept this was a well and truly dreadful and out of character episode in your life.”

After spending 48 on remand, Judge Mullaly said Fisher had taken significant steps to rehabilitate himself, including spending months in an inpatient program and speaking publicly about his battles.

“You are now a long way from where you were in mid 2022,” he said.

Fisher was named best and fairest twice in his 228-game career with the Saints. Picture: Justine Walker/AFL MediaSource: Supplied

The court was told Fisher had faced a sentence of up to life in prison, but Morvan’s “merciful” sentence in Western Australia and Fisher’s “lessor” role in the plot meant his jail term would be less than regularly imposed for the crimes.

At an earlier hearing, Judge Mullaly said the two-time best and fairest winner and all-Australian should be recognised for the effort to turn around his life.

“No matter how talented you are, drugs can take a hold of you and ruin your life; that’s the message he’s been imparting so others can avoid his path,” he said.

Morvan was jailed for six years in March 2023 after pleading guilty to similar charges in Western Australia.

Fisher will be eligible for parole after three years.