Invictus case delay
THE case of a former Invictus Games athlete on drugs and weapons charges has been adjourned to later this month.
Tyrone Gawthorne faces charges of possessing a dangerous drug, contravening an order, possessing a schedule one drug, not following safety precautions for weapons in a vehicle and not being endorsed to possess a restricted drug.
In the days following reports that he had been charged, Mr Gawthorne posted his defiance on social media.
“To the ABC and the Australian media who tried and hung me before I’d been found guilty via our court system, you are gonna get yours.”
Mr Gawthorne was not required to attend court yesterday and the matter was adjourned to December 19.
Court documents allege Mr Gawthorne was arrested on September 17 on Swallow St, Mooroobool, possessing cocaine, peptides and steroids.
It is alleged Mr Gawthorne was in possession of fluoxymesterone, also known as halotestin.
It is further alleged he was in possession of the steroid Stanozolol, and police allege he also had access to the restricted drugs melanotan letrozole and anastrozole.
The veteran of East Timor and Afghanistan withdrew from the Invictus Games in October after his charges were made public.
“I cannot express how sorry I am for not disclosing to the team that I had been arrested,” he stated.
“I have let down my family and friends and my teammates, and my actions are not in keeping with the spirit of the Games.
“I would like to sincerely apologise to everyone who has been affected by my actions.”
His time at the Invictus Games in Sydney earned him a silver medal in powerlifting.
“He (Tyrone) has got to deal with his own challenges and issues and we wish him well,” Invictus Games Sydney chief executive Patrick Kidd said at the time.
Mr Gawthorne had also competed in the Toronto Invictus Games in 2010.
He had served as an infantryman in Townsville’s First Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment and has since moved to Cairns.
SORRY: Tyrone Gawthorne issued an apology.