Lowestoft bodybuilder gets suspended sentence over steroids
PUBLISHED: 08:19 25 January 2011
A TATTOOIST who sold steroids to body-builders has walked free from court after a judge gave him a suspended prison sentence.
Police officers who raided Darren Casey’s home in Oulton Road, Lowestoft, found nearly 4,000 steroid tablets on a kitchen counter, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Casey, 41, a competitive body-builder himself, admitted possessing methandienone with intent to supply in October 2008 and was given a seven-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work in the community.
Sentencing him on Monday, Judge Rupert Overbury said it was not an offence to possess or import steroid drugs for personal use but it was an offence to supply them to other people.
He accepted that a proportion of the steroids found at Casey’s home were for his own use but said a large proportion were for supply to other bodybuilders.
He described Casey, who runs a tattoo shop in Norwich, as a “relatively small-scale supplier to friends and acquaintances”.
Richard Potts, prosecuting, told the court that two packages containing 1981 and 1996 tablets were found on a kitchen counter and police also discovered a large amount of cash as well as a “price list”.
Mr Potts said Casey had initially claimed the steroids were six months’ supply for his own use.
Will Carter, for Casey, said his client had been a competitive body-builder for a number of years and used steroids but accepted that from time to time he would supply like-minded individuals involved in the sport.
He said Casey was a married man with two children.