Coach bailed on steroid charges

Bail has been granted to a Christchurch sports coach and personal trainer facing hundreds of charges relating to unapproved medicines.

Phillip James Musson, 44, is accused of being a significant importer and supplier of performance and image-enhancing drugs, Health Ministry prosecutor Anselm Williams says.

Musson, of Bishopdale, said he would deny seven charges of selling unapproved anabolic steroid medicines, and the case has been sent to a status hearing on December 5.

He appeared on the seven charges in the Christchurch District Court last week, and was remanded in custody.

He faces a further 291 charges but has entered no pleas.

Defence counsel Pip Hall told Judge Raoul Neave today that the charges were not drug charges and should not require Musson to be held in custody while he awaited trial.

Judge Neave granted bail but warned Musson that he would be held in custody if there was any suggestion of impropriety while on bail.

He ordered him to live at a specified address, not apply for a passport and not contact alleged co-offenders.

All the other charges were also remanded to December 5.

Hall indicated pleas would be entered on that day.

The Press