A 24-YEAR-OLD man has received a big fine for attempting to take steroids to an oil field.
Stewart Niels Anderson pleaded guilty in the Rockingham Magistrates Court on September 29 to possession of unlawful property.
The prosecutor said Anderson arrived at Barrow Island where he underwent a security screening.
He was found with 144 purple heart-shaped tablets and syringes.
The tablets were tested and found to be anabolic steroids.
He told said he had bought them from a friend for $250.
Anderson’s lawyer said the facts were accepted and that his client was heavily into body-building at the time.
He has since lost his job and is never allowed to work for or on any Chevron site in the future.
His lawyer said his client was currently taking anti-depressants and had learned a brutal life lesson.
Magistrate Geoff Lawrence said Anderson had made a very foolish decision.
“I’m concerned about the drugs, albeit they were on a lower scale,” he said.
“People need to be deterred from taking any drugs onto a platform due to the dangerous work performed there.”
Mr Lawrence said Anderson was of prior good character with a strong work ethic.
Anderson was granted a spent conviction and received a reduction in the fine due to the early guilty plea.
He was fined $800.