In­vic­tus case de­lay

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - PETE MARTINELLI [email protected]

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.

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