Otago Daily Times

Guilty of hiding evidence but not of supplying drugs

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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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