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Wicklow woman wanted in US over alleged multi-million euro steroid enterprise

Siobhan Hatton
Siobhan Hatton

A woman who is wanted in the US in relation to an alleged multi-million euro steroid enterprise will have an extradition hearing at the High Court in April.

Siobhan Hatton, who is in her 30s and is from Wicklow, appeared briefly at the High Court today.

Her legal representative Sean Guerin BL told Justice Aileen Donnelly that a psychological report that is required for the hearing has not been completed.

He said that the psychologist assembling the report suffered a delay because he had not had enough meetings with Ms Hatton.

Justice Donnelly suggested that a new psychologist be hired but Mr Guerin said they would prefer to continue with the current expert as he has already had a number of sessions with Ms Hatton.

Justice Donnelly remanded Ms Hatton until April 12. Two days have been set aside for the hearing.

Siobhan Hatton was detained in Wicklow in July 2015 after returning to Ireland having failed to surrender herself to American officials in London.

Ms Hatton, from Roundwood, previously gave an interview to the Sunday World in which she said she is trapped in a nightmare that started when police raided a family lunch and accused her then husband of being the head of a massive illegal steroid trade.

"There is absolutely no evidence on me other than I was married to the devil," she said.

"People have to hear my story. They have to understand what's happening to a mother and a child."

Ms Hatton was first arrested in London in September 2012 in connection with the operation allegedly run by her ex-husband, a dual Israeli and South African national who was dubbed the Steroid King.

An English court agreed to her extradition earlier this year, but after her arrest here it will now be up to Irish courts to decide if she will be sent to Tennessee where she could potentially face decades in jail if convicted.

Mr Brian Wainstein (50) is understood to be fighting his extradition from South Africa in relation to the charges.

At Dublin Circuit Court in July 2007, he was sentenced to two years in jail with all but four months suspended for illegally selling bodybuilding steroids worldwide from an Irish address

He had pleaded guilty to nine charges arising out of the unlawful possession, sale and distribution of the illicit substances at Croswaithe Park South, Dun Laoghaire, in 2003.

He was busted here when illicit substances valued at €15,000 were recovered at the Dun Laoghaire premises on September 16, 2003, after gardai were alerted to the offence as a result of problems with the delivery through international distributors.

An indictment by US prosecutors alleges that Mr Wainstein had run an anabolic steroids distribution operation, along with his wife and others, since 2004.

He also faces charges in the US of smuggling human growth hormone and falsely branding drugs.