Court tells steroid user: It will 'shrink your testicles'
THEY were shrivelling words of warning for body builder Joel Kelly.
Magistrate Penelope Hay told the lad his use of steroids would likely "shrink your testicles".
Ouch! The visual imagery of shrinkage was too much for a few males seated in Gladstone Magistrates Court who winced after Kelly, 27, pleaded guilty to a series of charges involving possession of steroids and drugs.
Ms Hay did not mince her words.
"You are at increased risk of testicular cancer and shrinkage of your testicles," Ms Hay said.
"I say to young men taking steroids the only reason you are doing it is for vanity's sake."
Kelly pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and drug utensils including grinders, pipes, clip seal bags and scales in Gladstone on September 24 last year; and possession of restricted drugs Anadrol (oxymetholone), alpha anabolic, and clomiphene.
Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said Kelly told officer who were searching his house the drugs, including 22.7gram of red and yellow pills, were his steroids he took to gain muscle.
One of the drugs police seized Kelly told the officers he took at the end of his steroid use to retain muscle gain.
Lawyer Jun Pepito told Ms Hay, Kelly used the drugs when earning a high disposable income while working in Gladstone.
However, Mr Pepito said all his money had since "gone down the drain" and Kelly needed to financially start all over again on the Gold Coast.
"His time here in Gladstone has been a learning curve, with all the money he earned he's now got nothing," he said.
Ms Hay warned Kelly that medical studies confirmed the (negative) effects of steroid use including the higher risk of causing cancer.
"So besides making you look good it's a cold hard reality," she said.
"I'm sure you don't want to have those side effects.
"They are the risks that you run."
"Yes your honour," Kelly replied.
Ms Hay sentenced him to complete 100 hours of unpaid community service work.