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Fatal drug supplier gets jail then bail

AAP logoAAP 15/08/2016 By Toby Mann

Daniel Dung Huynh sold his good mate ecstasy and she died hours after taking it at a Sydney dance festival, and despite being sentenced to at least six months in jail he has walked free from court.

Huynh was granted bail immediately after the sentence was handed down in Burwood Local Court on Monday, with his supporters gasping in shock as Magistrate Michelle Goodwin said full-time custody was the only appropriate consequence for the two counts of drug supply, to which he had earlier pleaded guilty.

But a few hours after being led silently from the courtroom by prison guards Huynh was released on conditional bail as his lawyers have appealed the result of Monday's hearing.

Huynh, defence barrister Carolyn Davenport SC told the court, was not a drug dealer and had not profited from arranging some drugs for his friends.

He had done so because it was his turn, she said, adding that he was not before the court on charges relating to the death of his school friend, pharmacist Sylvia Choi.

"As tragic as her death was he is to be sentenced on the fact that he supplied her with a small amount of drugs," Ms Davenport said.

"There is no doubt that as a result of his actions on that day he will pay a penalty for the rest of his life."

The deal had been organised through a messaging app, started by Ms Choi's boyfriend Samuel Song, with the group name "Bulk4stereosonickkk".

Ms Choi, Mr Song, Huynh and others sent messages discussing "lolly numbers" - drug requests for the festival - as well as travel and general plans.

"Its suggested all over the net to take half. Then the other one and hr later. Btw if ever caught and brought into questioning by cops and you don't have anything on you. Deny deny deny (sic)," Huynh wrote, court documents state.

Ms Choi replied: "Hmm I have a bad track record with halves lol."

She told friends she had taken some MDMA about 5pm but it wasn't kicking in and she was later seen drinking from a water bottle which she said had "stuff" in it.

About 8.40pm, Mr Song noticed his girlfriend was unsteady on her feet and stumbling before she took ill near a festival stage.

She was rushed to hospital but doctors were unable to revive her.

It is still unclear what killed her and a coronial inquest will be held in October.

Ms Davenport said a non-custodial or suspended sentence would be the most appropriate for Huynh, but Ms Goodwin disagreed and told the court "these offences are far too prevalent in the community".

"(Drug) supply is supply," she said.

"He gave advice to his friends on how to take the drugs."

As he left court, Huynh was shielded from cameras by friends, who had supported him in court.

Under the conditions of his bail, Huynh had to post a $10,000 surety, report to police three times weekly, and live at his family home at Punchbowl.

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