High-profile criminal lawyer Brett Galloway (pictured) was allegedly caught drug driving
A high-profile criminal lawyer was allegedly caught driving through Sydney’s eastern suburbs with methylamphetamine in his system.
Brett William Galloway, 58, pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of an illegal drug when his matter was briefly mentioned in the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday.
Police allege Galloway was driving a green Mini Cooper sedan along Hargrave Street in Paddington, about 4.40pm on September 28, when he was stopped for a random roadside drug test.
The court heard the oral test allegedly recorded a positive reading for methylamphetamine, commonly known as the drug ice.
Galloway has been the longtime legal advisor of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim (right)
Galloway’s representative – fellow leading lawyer Paul McGirr – entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.
He told Daily Mail Australia outside court he would be investigating if the police drug and alcohol testing was targetted at his client.
‘Part of the dispute will centre on how random the testing actually was,’ Mr McGirr said.
‘He passed a breath test and it was nothing to do with his driving manner, so at this stage it’s a contested matter.’
Galloway has been a longtime legal advisor to Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim.
He has also represented Ibrahim’s brothers Sam and Fadi, as well Fadi’s wife Shayda Bastani who was initially charged with conspiracy to murder before the charge was dropped and dismissed.
Galloway was also once called upon to represent disgraced property developer Salim Mehajer who was charged with assaulting a taxi driver.
But Galloway later withdrew himself from the matter.
He also represented Ibrahim’s brother and Fadi (right), as well Fadi’s wife Shayda Bastani (left) who was charged with conspiracy to murder before the charge was dropped and dismissed
Galloway was also once called upon to represent disgraced property developer Salim Mehajer (pictured) who was charged with assaulting a taxi driver, but later withdrew himself from the matter
In 2009, Galloway acted for convicted drug dealer Richard Buttorse, the nephew of media identity Ita Buttrose, when he was charged and later convicted of cocaine possession and supply.
Galloway’s representative Paul McGirr entered the not guilty plea and outside court told Daily Mail Australia they would be contesting the matter.
The matter will return to court for a hearing on March 1.
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