Christchurch man discovered responsible of hiding proof to attraction conviction

Joseph Douglas McGirr outside the Christchurch District Court during an appearance in 2020.

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Joseph Douglas McGirr exterior the Christchurch District Court docket throughout an look in 2020.

A Christchurch man convicted of trying to pervert the course of justice after an American polo participant died of a drug overdose at his house is interesting his conviction.

Joseph Douglas McGirr confronted numerous fees after Lauren Biddle was discovered lifeless on the spa pool at McGirr’s dwelling close to Sumner in Christchurch on October 22, 2018.

An post-mortem discovered she had a focus of MDMA in her system about 15 instances larger than the same old stage of leisure use of the drug.

McGirr was discovered not responsible of supplying a category B managed drug to Biddle final 12 months after the jury weren’t satisfied there was sufficient proof to show he gave her the medicine. McGirr stated Biddle and one other visitor went into the kitchen “uninvited”, crushed up ecstasy tablets there and snorted it “out of their own free will under no instruction or influence from me”.

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He was convicted of trying to pervert the course of justice after frantically cleansing the home earlier than police arrived.

McGirr put the lid again on the spa, threw away bottles and cans, and pulled hashish crops from pots and threw them into the overgrowth in entrance of the home. He additionally took Biddle’s garments and bag and buried it within the overgrown part.

At trial McGirr claimed it was “not a conscious decision” to bury Biddle’s garments, and he did it in an effort to commemorate her.

The jury rejected his declare, accepting the Crown’s submission that McGirr knew Biddle was lifeless, the police have been on their manner, and he wished to erase any indicators that she had been there.

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American lady Lauren Biddle had been in New Zealand for lower than two weeks earlier than she died of a drug overdose in Christchurch in 2018.

On March 5, McGirr was sentenced to twenty months’ imprisonment. Choose Tom Gilbert stated he didn’t suppose a sentence of dwelling detention can be applicable in McGirr’s case as his actions up to now created the impression that he thought “compliance with court orders is optional”.

He granted McGirr go away to use for his sentence to be commuted to a non-custodial sentence, however solely to a residential drug and alcohol therapy programme.

On Friday, McGirr appeared within the Christchurch District Court docket to request to be launched to a privately funded drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme in Auckland. The proposed programme concerned a 30-day residential programme adopted by 5 months in a sober residing home.

Lauren Biddle's bag, and jandals were found in the overgrowth in front of Joseph Douglas McGirr's home.

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Lauren Biddle’s bag, and jandals have been discovered within the overgrowth in entrance of Joseph Douglas McGirr’s dwelling.

Choose Gilbert deferred his resolution on McGirr’s software to Could to permit time for one more evaluation report back to be ready.

He stated he wished to be glad that McGirr had a powerful need to take part in a rehabilitation programme earlier than deciding whether or not the proposed programme was applicable.

In the meantime, McGirr’s lawyer, Rupert Glover, confirmed McGirr had filed an attraction towards his conviction. A date when the attraction might be heard has not but been set.