Talks continue on forfeiture of steroid dealer’s assets

September 3, 2014 | By More

High Court-panoply1Settlement negotiations are continuing for seizure of the assets of jailed steroids dealer Phillip James Musson.

The application brought by the Commissioner of Police came before Justice Christian Whata in the High Court at Christchurch again today.

Justice Whata granted a Crown application for an on-notice restraining order and adjourned the case to a further case management hearing in two weeks.

The case has had a restraining order in place since April, which relates to assets including silver and gold bars, valuable coins, cash, three house properties, a trailer, and a motorcycle.

These items are under restraint and subject to the control of the Official Assignee.

Since the forfeiture case’s first call, Musson has been sentenced and jailed. Two weeks ago, in the Auckland District Court, he was jailed for nearly five years six months on 182 Medicine’s Act charges of dealing in steroids as well as three separate charges of importing and selling a class C drug and supplying a class B drug – methadone – between January and May, 2012.

Performance enhancing drugs were sold to bodybuilders.

Several respondents have signalled an interest in the properties the Commissioner wants confiscated, and they were represented at today’s hearing.

Counsel for one of them, Kerry Cook, sought and was granted an interim suppression order for one of the parties. He will have to provide written submissions on the application in a week.

Justice Whata granted the adjournment to allow one of the parties to seek legal aid.

The court was told that settlement proposal discussions were under way, and those talks were being held up because one of the parties was not yet represented by counsel.

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