` Natural’ bodybuilders fi ned for steroid possession
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