The Perth man who has escaped the hangman's noose after being acquitted of a drug trafficking charge in Malaysia was previously convicted and jailed in WA for dealing in methylamphetamine.
In 2003, Dominic Jude Bird was sentenced to three years jail after police discovered 9g of the drug and "deal" bags in a fridge at his home.
The then-23-year-old pleaded not guilty but spent a year behind bars after the judge concluded that the purity of the drugs suggested he was at a higher level than a street dealer.
On Wednesday night, the Malaysian High Court in Kuala Lumpur acquitted Mr Bird of trafficking 167g of methylamphetamine.
But his departure from Malaysia stalled because he is technically an overstayer after his visa expired while he was in custody.
The 33-year-old from Success was arrested in March last year when police alleged he was part of a targeted drug sting.
In a dramatic twist, the main police officer in the case was found guilty last week of contempt for intimidating and offering to pay off a witness.
Justice Kamardin Hashini acquitted Mr Bird and said the prosecution had failed to prove he was guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
"Well, I couldn't be more ecstatic that I'm out of the handcuffs and back to my normal life," Mr Bird said. "I can't wait to get back home to Australia and see my family and my friends."
He thanked his lawyers Muhammed Shafee and Tania Scivetti. "We had the bag of evidence overflowing in our favour," he said. "But it was still an extremely hard case to win."
Mr Bird's 2003 drugs trial in the Perth District Court was the result of police being called to a disturbance at his home.
"Whilst you denied that these drugs were yours, there were some indicia of your being a dealer in drugs, namely the police finding $300 of cash and a large packet of smaller deal bags in your bedroom," Judge Peter Nisbet said at the time.
"You are now contrite but there was, however, no plea of guilty and no co-operation with police."
The court found Mr Bird had a good chance of rehabilitation because of job prospects and strong family support.
Mr Bird, a personal fitness trainer, moved to Malaysia at the end of 2011.
He told his drug trafficking trial there that he was set up by police after accusing a man of having an affair with his then girlfriend.
Mr Shafee said his client owed his freedom to the lack of evidence from police and the conviction of the senior detective.
"This is certainly a case that is so unsafe to convict because of the doubt," he said.Ms Scivetti said she was still negotiating with the immigration department in Malaysia and hoped Mr Bird would be able to fly out of the country today.