Downing Centre Local Court (Commonwealth matter)

Case Facts

The client was charged with three counts of importing a prohibited import, namely 100 vials of human growth hormone and 100 grams of human growth hormone. The importations were also falsely labeled to avoid detection by customs.

The client had no criminal record and an excellent subjective case. He suffered from depression and was using the drugs to self-medicate his mental illness.

Case Result

A strong case was put to the court together with well prepared references and a psychological report addressing the underlying mental condition of the client. After lengthy submissions were made, the court chose to discharge the defendant without recording a conviction by way of s19B of Crimes Act 1914 (Commonwealth). This is the equivalent of the s10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 in NSW.

The result was no criminal conviction and a very happy client.