` Nat­u­ral’ body­builders fi ned for steroid pos­ses­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

TWO body­build­ing prison guards caught red-handed with per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs have been fined $ 1050 and stood down from the Townsville Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre.

De facto cou­ple Hamish Chris Thomas­son, 37, and Tif­fany Flem­ing Deligny, 38, each pleaded guilty yes­ter­day in the Townsville Mag­is­trates Court to charges un­der the Drugs Mis­use Act.

Thomas­son ad­mit­ted un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous drug ( steroidal agent), pos­sess­ing re­stricted d r ugs s us p e c t e d t o have b e e n un­law­fully ob­tained and fail­ing to dis­pose of hy­po­der­mic sy­ringes or nee­dles.

Deligny pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a re­stricted drug sus­pected to have been un­law­fully ob­tained.

The court heard Thomas­son and Deligny took part in last year’s North Queens­land nat­u­ral body­build­ing and fig­ure cham­pi­onship competition in Townsville.

Thomas­son, who was se­lected for drug screen­ing at ran­dom, tested pos­i­tive to an­abolic agents, a hor­mone an­tag­o­nist and mod­u­la­tor, a di­uretic and mask­ing agent.

The Aus­tralian Sports Anti Dop­ing Au­thor­ity dis­closed the re­sults to Townsville po­lice and on Novem­ber 8, 2010, the Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on Thomas­son.

No items of in­ter­est were found in his per­sonal be­long­ings and locker at the jail. How­ever, in­ves­ti­ga­tors were si­mul­ta­ne­ously search­ing the cou­ple’s Bur­dell prop­erty.

A quan­tity of steroidal agents in liq­uid form plus Arim­idex an­abolic steroid tablets and nee­dles were lo­cated but the two de­fen­dants re­fused to take part in a po­lice in­ter­view.

The pair’s de­fence lawyer, Nicky Dawso n , s a i d T h o mass o n h a d al­ways been a phys­i­cally fit per­son.

‘‘ He is not a reg­u­lar user who had taken steroids for a num­ber of years, but this was a case of prior to the competition he de­cided to look into it,’’ Ms Daw­son said.

She said Deligny also had been ac­tive all her life in aer­o­bics, cir­cuit train­ing and kick­box­ing.

‘‘ She, too, started to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions last year ( and use the drugs to cut down on fat prior to the competition),’’ she said.

Ms Daw­son said due to the pub­lic­ity over their charges, the pair had suf­fered a great deal of em­bar­rass­ment and been stood down with­out pay from the prison.

Thomas­son was fined $ 750 and Deligny $ 300 but no con­vic­tions were recorded by Mag­is­trate Peter Smid, who ac­knowl­edged their re­morse.

‘‘ Mr Thomas­son you ap­pear to be a very trou­bled man . . . this ap­plies to you, too, Ms Deligny,’’ he said. BANNED FOR LIFE: ( top) Hamish Thomas­son poses in the NQ nat­u­ral body­build­ing cham­pi­onships and leav­ing court yes­ter­day with part­ner Tif­fany Deligny af­ter the cou­ple were fined for steroid pos­ses­sion

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