December 1, 2022



Commonwealth: N/Eire sprinter Reid denies drug, firearm offences

Irish sprinter Leon Reid has denied eight fees referring to alleged medicine and firearms offences in England after been barred from competing on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham following a safety danger evaluation.

The 26-year-old appeared at Bristol Crown Courtroom through video-link together with 17 different defendants on Wednesday.

Reid received a bronze medal for Northern Eire within the 200m on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games
He’s charged with offences referring to a property in Longmead Terrace, Bathtub, between March and June final 12 months.

They allege that Reid knowingly permitted crack cocaine, a Class A drug, to be produced on the premises.

The athlete can also be accused of getting a Glock handgun, journal, silencer and ammunition in his possession on the deal with.OK
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He’s alleged to have hid prison property, particularly £23,060, in a chest of drawers on the property.

Additionally it is alleged that Reid, of Longmead Terrace, Bathtub, acquired “a sum unknown” understanding or suspecting it was from prison conduct. Reid spoke solely to verify his identification and enter not responsible pleas to the eight fees in opposition to him throughout the court docket listening to.

Choose Michael Longman adjourned the case for an additional listening to at Bristol Crown Courtroom to July 23.

Prosecuting, Jacob Hallam QC instructed the court docket: “These 18 defendants in whole are earlier than the court docket in relation to allegations that stem, broadly talking, from the availability of Class A medication, significantly cocaine, within the South West of England, principally in Bristol and Bathtub.”

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Mr Hallam stated the case is prone to be cut up into at the least three separate trials as a result of variety of defendants and Covid-19 restrictions.

The primary trial is because of happen on November 29 this 12 months. Reid denies allowing premises for use within the manufacturing of a Class A managed drug, possessing a firearm with no certificates and possessing ammunition with no certificates.

He has additionally pleaded not responsible to a few fees of possessing a prohibited weapon, concealing prison property and buying prison property. Choose Longman launched Reid on bail, together with 14 of the opposite defendants.

Three of these charged in relation to the case had been remanded into custody.
In an announcement issued after Reid was charged, Athletics Eire stated: “Athletics Eire has been notified in the present day that an Irish worldwide athlete, Leon Reid, has been charged with a prison offence outdoors the jurisdiction of Eire.