Matthew Doyle was quietly released from jail early, subject to parole conditions

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A former Sydney property developer jailed over an attempt to smuggle $85million worth of cocaine into Australia has been quietly granted an early release from prison.

Matthew James Doyle, 35, was sentenced to a minimum of five years behind bars in 2020 after he pleaded guilty to commercial drug supply and dealing with proceeds of crime.

Doyle became involved in a plot to smuggle the drugs into Australia while speaking to undercover police operatives in the USA, the NSW District Court previously heard.

 

He was arrested in 2019 while waiting to collect what he thought was a shipment of up to 300kg of cocaine at a warehouse in Marrickville.

With time served in custody, Doyle was not due to be released until September 4, 2024 – and a previous appeal to have his sentence cut was thrown out of court.

But the father-of-one has now returned home to a bayside suburb in southern Sydney within the last few weeks, months before he was expected to be freed.

Matthew Doyle was quietly released from jail early, subject to parole conditions

Matthew Doyle was quietly released from jail early, subject to parole conditions

Matthew Doyle (left, with his wife Kelsea) pleaded guilty to supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug

Matthew Doyle (left, with his wife Kelsea) pleaded guilty to supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug

Under his parole conditions, he can only leave his Burraneer home in Sutherland shire for work, exercise or medical appointments. 

He is also under a strict curfew and prohibited from all alcohol and illicit drugs.

He and his wife Kelsea are now hoping to revive their relationship and raise their child after Doyle’s years spent behind bars.

Neighbours say the couple have been keeping a low profile at their $2.5million mansion, which was previously the subject of a proceeds of crime application.

The flash pair drive luxury vehicles including a late model Range Rover and a two-door souped-up Fiat 500 Italian sports car which Doyle was seen driving back from the gym on Wednesday.

A tracking device could be seen attacked to his left ankle, obscured by a sweat band, as Doyle arrived home to his luxury pad.

It is not known whether he intends to resume his property development career but he has told friends he will work for his family’s car-detailing business in the meantime.

Mrs Doyle was also spotted without her wedding ring while running errands on Wednesday, including a trip to an upmarket florist in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Matthew Doyle did his best to cover his ankle tracking device with a sweat band

Matthew Doyle did his best to cover his ankle tracking device with a sweat band

Kelsea Doyle visited an eastern suburbs florist on Wednesday

Kelsea Doyle visited an eastern suburbs florist on Wednesday

Kelsea Doyle  seen packing her luxury vehicle with a lavish bouquet

Kelsea Doyle  seen packing her luxury vehicle with a lavish bouquet 

The mum-of-one was seen admiring a couple of photos from her 2018 wedding

The mum-of-one was seen admiring a couple of photos from her 2018 wedding

The pair wed in a lavish  harbourside ceremony in 2018

The pair wed in a lavish  harbourside ceremony in 2018

Since they wed in 2018, Doyle has spent most of their married life behind bars. 

However, the devoted wife has always vowed to stand by her husband and even keeps him close with a photo from the wedding day as her phone wallpaper.

‘It’s been an extremely tough 12 months for our family. I’m just thankful it’s now over,’ Mrs Doyle said after he was sentenced in 2020.

‘I would love to be left in peace to get on with looking after my child and supporting my husband and I would appreciate if the media would finally give me some privacy.’

Before he was jailed, the pair were building a booming property portfolio which included their luxury home and a prestigious residential apartment block in Cronulla.

Their assets, which also included shares in 16 companies and fancy cars, have now been frozen by the NSW Crime Commission and Doyle’s former lawyer, Robert Kaufmann, served him with a bankruptcy notice last year, claiming to be owed more than $184,000 in legal fees.

Undercover police had been posing as drug dealers while Doyle and his accomplices attempted to smuggle in the cocaine into Australia.

Detectives had recorded conversations with Doyle since April 2019.

In one recording, Doyle claimed he ‘was not a gangster but a businessman and loved money and loved making money for people and making friends’.

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