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No hard time Bodybuilder and charity worker caught with £15k of Viagra says it was for 'personal use'

Gareth McGlinchey (43) pleaded guilty to 20 charges of possession and possession with intent to supply of various drugs including Viagra and steroids.

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All for me: Gareth McGlinchey claimed the Viagra tablets were for personal use

All for me: Gareth McGlinchey claimed the Viagra tablets were for personal use

Bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey in the gym

Bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey in the gym

Caught: bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey was caught with £15k worth of Viagra tablets

Caught: bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey was caught with £15k worth of Viagra tablets

Sentenced: Gareth McGlinchey

Sentenced: Gareth McGlinchey

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All for me: Gareth McGlinchey claimed the Viagra tablets were for personal use

This is the bodybuilder, personal trainer and charity worker who was caught with £15k of Viagra – and claimed it was personal use!

Gareth McGlinchey (43) pleaded guilty to 20 charges of possession and possession with intent to supply of various drugs including Viagra and steroids.

McGlinchey, from the Summer Meadows area of Derry, initially claimed in court that the 3,000 Viagra pills cops scooped him with were for his personal use because he’d recently split with his wife and was having confidence issues.

He claimed that he was too embarrassed to speak to a doctor to get Viagra so he splashed out on 3,000 pills, which famously are used to help men who struggle with erections, which he claimed would last him for the rest of his life.

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Bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey in the gym

Bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey in the gym

Bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey in the gym

In court it was heard that the manager of the Royal Mail depot in Derry had raised the alarm after he became suspicious of a package that was being posted to McGlinchey’s address in the city.

The manager then alerted the police who accessed the package and found 1,000 Viagra pills before searching McGlinchey’s home where they found another 2,000 of the tablets as well as £1,000 stashed in the microwave.

The police also found items which linked the defendant to the charges of intent to supply, including a notepad detailing his different clients as well as their steroid dosages and different strengths and a mobile phone with text messages which further incriminated him.

A source close to McGlinchey said: “3,000 Viagra tablets is a hell of a lot, even if you think a stash like that is going to last you for the rest of your life.

“I mean, even if that was for the next 30 years, that’s a pretty optimistic guesstimation.

“It’s enough for him to be having sex twice a week well into his 70s.

“While nobody is doubting that McGlinchey will go on and meet someone special, or several special people, even well on into his golden years, he’s no Ronnie Wood.

“I mean, I know the whole point of Viagra is to keep you kicking on past your sell-by date, but like all pills they will start to break down after two years and there can be side effects... It’s not like food poisoning where you’ll get ill after eating a dodgy sausage – you could eat a dodgy pill and end up with a dodgy sausage!”

Erectile dysfunction drugs usually have a shelf life of two years after they’ve been bought.

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Most medications have expiration dates of around one-to-five years after packaging, and while it’s reported that no studies have been done specifically on expired Viagra, testing on other medications has found them to be stable up to five years past their expiration date.

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Caught: bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey was caught with £15k worth of Viagra tablets

Caught: bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey was caught with £15k worth of Viagra tablets

Caught: bodybuilder Gareth McGlinchey was caught with £15k worth of Viagra tablets

Judge Philip Babington sentenced McGlinchey to 18 months suspended for two years and said that the money found in his microwave should be donated to both the Rainbow Animal Shelter in Eglinton and the Foyle Search and Rescue charity in the city.

On sentencing, Judge Babington said: “It seems that the defendant has been for involved in the sport or recreation of bodybuilding.

“It would appear that steroid use is widespread in that sport and although the defendant first said all of the substances were for his personal use, it soon became clear that this was not the case.

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Sentenced: Gareth McGlinchey

Sentenced: Gareth McGlinchey

Sentenced: Gareth McGlinchey

“They were being shared out to others of a similar persuasion who attended the defendant as he was their personal trainer. This was borne out by the fact that his diary contains a large number of appointments on a fairly organised basis.”

He added: “The various steroids are not illegal to possess but they are illegal to supply, presumably as misuse brings with it potentially harmful side effects.

“Although he was [partaking] in an activity that is largely unknown to the majority of the community, he was not, fortunately, causing any harm or distress to members of the public as such.”


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