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March 5, 2015
UK: Gym owner supplied steroids to bodybuilders
Omagh Court House THE owner of REPS gym on the Derry Road in Omagh has been convicted of illegally supplying anabolic steroids to bodybuilders. Justin McGinn (31) of Pinefield Court, Killyclogher admitted nine counts of possessing the Class C drugs with intent to supply. At the Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday) he was ordered to carry out 200 hours community service. The court was told his business has suffered because of adverse publicity regarding the case. Judge Paul Ramsey QC said it was “a shame” that the sport of bodybuilding has a reputation for the use of steroids. Among the drugs the gym boss was supplying were 286 Clenbuterol tablets. Clenbuterol is a decongestant and is used by bodybuilders to burn excess fat. There was also a quantity of testesterone among the assortment of steroids kept in glass vials. On October 19, 2013 police searched REPS gym and discovered a quantity of anabolic steroids in a shoe box in a holdall being carried by another individual who was try to leave the establishment. In a follow-up search of McGinn’s home they found £2,300 in cash. The court was told there has been no “Assets of Crime” application to seize the cash although there may be civil proceedings to recover the money. The defendant told police he was aware the drugs were meant for treatment of medical issues and should only be given under prescription. He claimed he only gave them to friends. Judge Ramsey pointed out it is not illegal to possess the steroids but it is against the law to supply them to others. He accepted the defendant’s explanation that he only gave them to friends and that he did not do it for a profit. Defence barrister Ian Turkington, instructed by solicitor Padhraic Cunningham, asked that his client get credit for admitting the offences in the police station during interview. He also pointed out McGinn had no relevant previous convictions. Mr Turkington stated that a “very modest” quantity of drugs were involved and that the defendant accepted it was not right to supply them. Defence counsel added, “He said it is not about supply, it is about sport and bodybuilding. While it is permissible to take them in bodybuilding, it is not permissible to supply. It is a very salutary lesson for him.” Describing McGinn as a “very fit man” Mr Turkington suggested a community service order would enable him to work with a local boxing club or gym and help “get young people off their sofa to do something more productive”. Judge Ramsey said the case was a “cautionary tale.” Stating that the offences did not merit a custodial sentence, the judge added, “It would be helpful if he put something back into society.” Judge Ramsey also ordered the destruction of the steroids. See more at: http://ulsterherald.com/2015/03/05/gym-owner-supplied-steroids-to-bodybuilders/#sthash.xm0BXVot.dpuf