Otago Daily Times

Guilty of hid­ing ev­i­dence but not of sup­ply­ing drugs

- Crime · White-collar Crime · Incidents · Narcotic Drugs · Justice · Society · Law · Christchurch · United States of America · District Court · Higginson, AR

CHRISTCHUR­CH: Joseph Dou­glas McGirr (39) has been found not guilty of sup­ply­ing ec­stasy to a United States polo player who died of an over­dose at his home, but guilty of at­tempt­ing to cover it up, Stuff re­ports.

McGirr, a Christchur­ch en­gi­neer, was on trial in the Christchur­ch District Court af­ter plead­ing not guilty to two charges of sup­ply­ing a class­B con­trolled drug and at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice.

He was ac­cused of hav­ing sup­plied MDMA to polo player Lauren Mikaila Bid­dle (22) at a party at his home on October 21, 2018.

The Crown ar­gued they and two oth­ers had smoked cannabis and were drink­ing in a spa pool at McGirr's house.

McGirr pre­pared three lines of the drug MDMA on a bread­board af­ter one per­son left, the Crown case said, and when the re­main­ing man, Guy Hig­gin­son, came outside to the spa where McGirr and Bid­dle were a short time later McGirr said she was dead.

The prose­cu­tor said McGirr then went about hid­ing ev­i­dence.

How­ever, the de­fence ar­gued that all three were in the spa to­gether when McGirr no­ticed Bid­dle was un­re­spon­sive, and that it was McGirr who did CPR on her.

Af­ter two days of de­lib­er­a­tions, McGirr was found not guilty of the drug charges, but guilty of the charge of at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice. He was re­manded on bail and will be sen­tenced next year. — RNZ

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