Steroid dealer's gold bars 'frozen'

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:07 04/06/2014
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STEROID DEALER: Phillip Musson arriving at the Christchurch District Court facing charges of illegally selling steroids in 2012.

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Gold and silver bars are among the items that have been "frozen" by a restraining order as the police seek to confiscate the assets of an admitted Christchurch steroids dealer.

Sports coach and personal trainer Phillip James Musson, 44, last year admitted 156 charges of selling unlawful medicines including anabolic steroids and testosterone.

He is now in custody in Mount Eden prison in Auckland, awaiting sentencing on August 19, according to his counsel Simon Clay.

The police action under the Crime Proceeds (Recovery) Act came before Justice Graham Panckhurst in the High Court at Christchurch today, for its first call.

Justice Panckhurst noted the various appearances and the people who are listed as respondents in the action and interested parties including mortgage providers and family members.

The judge said today that Justice Cameron Mander had made a restraining order on April 17.

"That order relates to a variety of assets including silver and gold bars, valuable coins, cash, three house properties, a trailer, and a motorcycle. All these various items are under restraint and subject to the control of the Official Assignee," Justice Panckhurst said. 

The court was told that valuations on the properties were still to be done, and the interested parties or respondents may also seek their own valuations.

Justice Panckhurst adjourned the applications by the Commissioner of Police to September 3, 2014, but said that aspects could be dealt with on the papers or recalled in court in the meantime.

Musson, from Bishopdale, pleaded guilty in April 2013, but his sentencing has been delayed. He admitted 156 charges mostly of manufacturing and supplying the unlawful medicines and also charges of forgery and using a forged document, relating to a driver's licence.

At the time of his guilty pleas, the Ministry of Health withdrew another 155 charges.

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