Pair jailed for supplying steroids to gym-goer who took lethal cocktail

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Two men have been jailed for supplying steroids to a father-of-one who died after taking a ‘fat-burning’ chemical in a lethal cocktail.

Sean Cleathero died from a heart attack in 2012, aged 28, just hours after taking Dinitrophenol (DNP) at the Apollo Gym in High Wycombe.

DNP is an industrial pesticide not suitable for human consumption but is sometimes used as a fat-burner to rapidly lose weight.

Jason King, 43, of Dresser Close in Great Missenden, was sentenced to six months in prison for conspiracy to produce and six months for conspiracy to supply class C steroids. The sentences are to run concurrently.

He was also sentenced to six months for perverting the course of justice, to run consecutively, and one month for criminal damage.

Peter Purkins, 48, of Heather Walk in Hazlemere, was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to produce and 18 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to supply class C steroids. The sentences are to run concurrently.

The pair were sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday and half of the sentences are to be served on licence.

Investigating officer Det Sgt Paul Quinton, from the Major Crime Unit in Aylesbury, said: “I am pleased for the family that this case has now concluded and these two men have been sentenced. I know how difficult the last three years have been for Sean’s family since his death.”