Caffeine ‘steroid’ passed to prisoner

Worksop Magistrates court
Worksop Magistrates court
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Passing a caffeine-based training enhancer to his bodybuilding brother-in-law on a visit to Ranby Prison has landed a man with a hefty fine.

Wayne Steven Fletcher, 32, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, admitted giving the prohibited item to the prisoner when he appeared at Worksop Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 10th October.

Prosecuting, Ruth Snodin described how a prison officer saw the exchange happen in a visiting room on 8th August.

“She saw the defendant shake hands with the prisoner and after that the prisoner put his hands down his trousers,” she said.

It was thought he was trying to hide something on his person, so he was escorted away and searched. A yellow plastic pot was found with white powder inside it, confirmed to be prescribed caffeine.

Mrs Snodin said: “He said he felt his brother-in-law had been working hard in prison and wanted to give him the steroid as a reward.”

She added that it was not a pre-planned exchange, the prisoner had not known anything about it and it was Fletcher’s decision to do it.

Defending, Andrew Osborne said: “He had with him something he generically calls a steroid. It is a training enhancer, the sort of thing you can buy in Holland & Barrett.”

“He had it with him and on the spur of the moment gave it to his brother-in-law because he knows he works out at the gym.”

Magistrates fined Fletcher £100, ordering him to pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.