Bumbling UFC fighter Jake Heun jailed after a series of rookie errors


A bumbling professional fighter who was dating the glamourous daughter of AFL royalty has been jailed for seven years and nine months in jail.

But with time already served, Jacob Heun, 33, will likely be out in a little over three years after receiving a non-parole period of just four years and nine months.

Nicknamed ‘The Honey Bear’ as a professional fighter in mixed martial arts, Heun  had been dating the daughter of former 1990 Collingwood premiership hero Doug Barwick when he was busted importing 801 grams of the deadly drug ice.  

Jacob Heun, 33, nicknamed ‘The Honey Bear’, was allegedly mailing drugs to Danae Barwick (right) – the daughter of AFL great Doug Barwick, a court has heard

Jake Heun (left) trades punches with Smealinho Rama (right) during their World Series of Fighting bout at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 31, 2016 in New York City

Jake Heun (left) trades punches with Smealinho Rama (right) during their World Series of Fighting bout at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 31, 2016 in New York City

Doug Barwick played 147 VFL/AFL matches, including Collingwood's drought-breaking 1990 premiership victory

Doug Barwick played 147 VFL/AFL matches, including Collingwood’s drought-breaking 1990 premiership victory 

The American-born fighter had been earning good coin cracking skulls in the cage and dating Danae Barwick when a series of blunders revealed his antics to police.  

‘Bad at life, good at fighting,’ had been Heun’s credo when Federal Police pounced on him in September last year. 

A package of meth labelled ‘bath gel and cologne’ had busted open in transit from France and alerted Border Force officers. 

The package had been addressed to Heun’s old apartment and he was quickly found lurking about the area. 

A search of his phone revealed a treasure trove of illegal activity, including alleged drug trafficking with Ms Barwick, the court was told.

She has not been charged with any offences in Victoria.

Heun claimed he was simply paid $1,000 to pick up the package, which in another blunder weighed a little over a statutory amount that would have placed the offence into a less serious category. 

Heun pleaded guilty to the importation of a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug and a second charge of trafficking cocaine. 

Jake Heun (pictured) was a great fighter, but not so good at drug dealing and was caught by police

Jake Heun (pictured) was a great fighter, but not so good at drug dealing and was caught by police

Jake Heun and Danae Barwick in happier times. He is now behind bars facing life in jail

Jake Heun and Danae Barwick in happier times. He is now behind bars facing life in jail 

In sentencing Heun on Friday, County Court of Victoria Judge Michael Tinney said Heun appeared to have been a decent person before he got mixed up in the drug game. 

‘But there really is no alternative but to impose a term of imprisonment on you,’ he said. 

The court heard it was through Heun’s own stupidity that he was even caught by detectives, with police only able to pin the trafficking charge on him due to his clumsy use of a mobile phone. 

Images found on his phone showed a parcel containing cocaine, which the musclebound crook had attempted to send to Ms Barwick in Sydney through the post, the court heard.

‘Initial examination of the WhatsApp messaging application on Mr Heun’s phone revealed a series of communications between (him) and Danae Barwick, which were likewise indicative of drug trafficking,’ court documents stated. 

‘Jail is not part of my 2021 plan,’ Ms Barwick told Heun at the time, court documents showed.

‘Haha mine either. Is there a couples’ jail?’ Heun responded, the court was told.

Police believe Heun mailed out between 35 and 40 grams of cocaine from September 11 to 17 last year. 

Judge Tinney expressed some amazement at Heun’s lack of criminal savvy. 

‘It is certainly not the most sophisticated example of this offence … but you were certainly not some innocent dupe,’ he told Heun. 

Danae Barwick (second from left) and her dad Doug Barwick. Doug was a champion footballer in his day and played in a Magpies premiership team in 1990

Danae Barwick (second from left) and her dad Doug Barwick. Doug was a champion footballer in his day and played in a Magpies premiership team in 1990 

Heun had tried to convince police he had been tricked into importing the package of methamphetamine. 

‘You really cannot claim to have been hoodwinked and hence some innocent dupe when you have attained the reckless fault element required as you have here,’ Judge Tinney said. 

‘You weren’t innocent. You chose not to ask any questions – and there were some pretty obvious ones – “what drug? how much?” … you were a critical player in this country. One who was prepared to wave away the risks and the suspicions.’

Heun had faced life in jail over his role in the suspected drug syndicate, which was operating out of Thailand. 

In addition to the ice import, text messages showed Huen had been supplying Melbourne bartenders with cocaine to sell at clubs before Covid-19 hit. 

Last week, the court heard Heun had blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for his doomed foray into drug dealing – despite evidence he had been in the drug trade for years. 

Heun’s barrister, Zarah Garde-Wilson, told Judge Tinney Ms Barwick had hoped to marry Heun and still supported him despite his term in prison. 

Heun's barrister told Judge Michael Tinney Ms Barwick (pictured) had hoped to marry Heun and still supported him despite his term in prison

Heun’s barrister told Judge Michael Tinney Ms Barwick (pictured) had hoped to marry Heun and still supported him despite his term in prison

Jacob Heun has a 15-9 pro MMA record and once featured in television's Ultimate Fighter

Jacob Heun has a 15-9 pro MMA record and once featured in television’s Ultimate Fighter 

Ms Garde-Wilson said Heun had been downing a bottle of whiskey a night and snorting up to two grams a day when they met in 2016. 

She attempted to convince Judge Tinney her client faced further punishment on release from jail due to deportation, despite evidence he hated Australia and everyone in it. 

Judge Tinney said it was a submission he found hard to believe. 

‘In August 2020 he says ‘f**k Australia mate, I’m f**king done with this place it’s f**king trash, I f**king hate it’,’ Judge Tinney said. 

‘I mean, he doesn’t have an expectation of having a settlement in this country, does he?’ 

Heun has already spent 420 days behind bars and will likely be deported upon his eventual release.  

Jake Heun claimed Covid-19 drove him to deal drugs, but evidence suggests he's been at it for quite some time

Jake Heun claimed Covid-19 drove him to deal drugs, but evidence suggests he’s been at it for quite some time