Shane Charter arrives at court. Photo: Joe ArmaoA key witness in the doping case against 34 past and present Essendon players has questioned the timing of his arrest for possessing steroids, but maintains he has a strong defence. Shane Charter, a sports biochemist, former bodybuilder and now a key part of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s case against the past and present Bombers players, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday in relation to drug-related charges, including possessing steroids. He was not required to appear before a magistrate as his case was adjourned administratively until December 3. As he left the court complex, Charter said he and his lawyer had spoken with police and that his lawyer believed he had a “strong defence” in his case.
Hird has appealed against that ruling and his case is scheduled to be heard on Monday. Essendon chose not to appeal.