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May 18, 2019
Photography by Cor Vos
Former World Tour cyclist and Olympic medalist Jack Bobridge is facing a jail term after being found guilty by a Perth jury of dealing MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy).
Bobridge, 29, pleaded not guilty to four counts of supplying ecstasy, with a trial before a Perth District Court jury beginning last Thursday. He denied the four charges against him, testifying that it was friend Alex McGregor who had supplied him with the drugs for his personal use.
After six days of evidence and nearly three hours of deliberations, the jury believed McGregor’s account and convicted Bobridge of four counts of supplying the drugs to him, who then sold them to an undercover police officer during a three-month investigation.
Bobridge could face a possible jail term and will be sentenced in July. Until then he’s been granted bail by Judge Stephen Scott.
Bobridge was arrested and charged in August 2017 as part of a police sting code-named ‘Operation Inception’ which targeted the Perth entertainment district.
Jack Bobridge was considered one of Australia’s most talented cyclists, but retired from the sport in 2016. He had been battling rheumatoid arthritis and told CyclingTips that this was a major factor in his decision to step away from the sport.