20 Nov 2020

Man guilty of hiding evidence, not guilty of supplying drugs to polo star

7:02 pm on 20 November 2020

Joseph Douglas McGirr, 39, has been found not guilty of supplying ecstasy to a US polo player who died of an overdose at his home, but guilty of attempting to cover it up, Stuff reports.

Joseph Douglas McGirr, facing charges relating to the death US polo player Lauren Biddle who was found dead just before 1am on October 22, 2018.


McGirr was on trial at Christchurch District Court after pleading not guilty to two charges of supplying a class-B controlled drug and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Lauren Biddle

Lauren Biddle Photo: Supplied

He was accused of having supplied MDMA to US polo star Lauren Mikaila Biddle, 22, at a party at his home on 21 October 2018.

The Crown argued they and two others had smoked cannabis and were drinking in a spa pool at McGirr's house.

McGirr prepared three lines of the drug MDMA on a breadboard after one person left, the Crown case said, and when the remaining man, Guy Higginson, came outside to the spa where McGirr and Biddle were a short time later McGirr said she was dead.

The prosecutor said McGirr then went about hiding evidence.

The defence argued however that all three were in the spa together when McGirr noticed Biddle was unresponsive, and that it was McGirr who did CPR on her.

Stuff has reported that after two days of deliberations, McGirr has been found not guilty of the drug charges, but guilty on the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. He has been remanded on bail and will be sentenced next year.