Toowoomba gym owner fined after horse drugs found

Elisha May Thorp
Elisha May Thorp Nev Madsen

A HIGH-FLYING gym owner and mother has been fined after she pleaded guilty to possession of thousands of dollars of dangerous horse drugs and other steroids found in her kitchen and a bedroom.

Elisha May Thorp, 35, from Rangeville near Toowoomba, who also owns a local accounting firm, was in the Supreme Court in Brisbane last week before Justice Debra Mullins where she pleaded guilty to two charges of drug possession.

Prosecutor Mel Wilson told the court that police found 204 grams of steroids including many vials of oxandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone when they searched her kitchen and a bedroom on March 16, 2016.

Ms Wilson said police also found 13 diazepam pills - without a prescription - and said that Thorp was at home with her 10-year-old son at the time of the police search, and she was getting him ready for school.

Thorp pleaded guilty to one count of "deemed" possession of oxandrolone, stanozolol and testosterone and one count of "deemed" possession of diazepam.

It is a crime to have drugs in your home, even if they are not yours, the court heard.

Ms Wilson told the court that Thorp told police the drugs were not hers but she knew they were in her house.

Her barrister Scott Lynch told the court that the steroids belonged to a homeless man who had been living in her house.

"She was introduced to a fellow who, she was told, he was really out of luck and doing it tough and he moved in," Mr Lynch told the court.

"He was using steroids and … she told him he had to move out and he did ultimately move out," Mr Lynch told the court.
"She knew there were drugs there but hadn't got him to get rid of everything," he told the court.

He told the court that Thorp owns "a business, a gym, she doesn't take part in any training" and said she formerly worked in the State Audit Office in Brisbane, before setting up her own business Savvy Financial Solutions.

Justice Mullins told Thorp she was satisfied that her failure to dispose of the steroids left behind by the man was "an aberration" triggered by stress from the death of her mother a month earlier.

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