Suspended sentence for disgraced cyclist Alex Malcolm McGregor
A DISGRACED professional cyclist who was caught selling MDMA on five separate occasions has been handed a partially suspended jail term for a string of drug offences.
Alex Malcolm McGregor, who is currently banned from professional cycling for doping, possessed or sold 456 MDMA tablets between March and July.
He was a user-dealer at the time and was selling the drugs to support his habit, reduce his debt and support his lifestyle.
District Court Judge John Staude handed McGregor an 18-month partially suspended jail term today that will allow him to leave prison immediately.
McGregor has already spent 11 months behind bars and is still subject to an eight-month jail term, which has been suspended for one year.
Since his arrest, McGregor has undergone rehabilitation and taken part in an addiction recovery program.
Judge Staude said McGregor had done all that he possibly could to rehabilitate himself and regain trust.
McGregor was part of a professional cycling team in Perth in 2014 when he fell during a training exercise and broke his shoulder.
He took performance enhancing drugs after he was injured and was banned from the sport for 1 year and nine months after an investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
Defence lawyer Andrew Tehan said McGregor stayed connected to the cycling community through his job at a bike store but his world came “crashing down” when the shop closed in 2016.
He said McGregor felt like he had no direction in life and turned to drugs and alcohol to get back the confidence he usually got through cycling.
Mr Tehan said McGregor’s arrest was a wakeup call that had triggered him to get the help he needed.