Model who taunted cops with holiday snaps while on the run ordered to pay back £31,000


Terrence Murrell, 34, fled to the paradise island of Bali after he was caught dealing illegal steroids – he was caught and brought back to the UK last year after sharing smirking pictures online

Terrence Murrell, 34, fled Britain to the paradise island Bali after being caught dealing illegal steroids

A fugitive model who taunted police with holiday snaps from Indonesia while on the run has been ordered to pay back £31,000.

Terrence Murrell, 34, fled the UK to the paradise island of Bali after he was caught dealing illegal steroids.

Instead of keeping a low profile, he taunts police with pictures of his playboy lifestyle 6,000 miles away.

He constantly shared snaps on his Facebook and Instagram with smirking pictures in the sunshine.

I have captioned one picture with friends: “The baddest men in Bali.”

He also posed for pictures in an infinity pool and working out in a gym.







Terrence Murrell taunted police with constant updates on social media
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Murrell also posed under a waterfall in one of his pics
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Murrell was then traced fleeing from Bali to Cambodia.

However, he was fumbled when British police were permitted to travel to Cambodia to bring him back to the UK to start his jail sentence last February.

Today, Prosecutor Sarah Badrawy told a Proceeds of Crime hearing that Murrell had benefited by £31,702.18 from his crimes – and North Wales Police already had those assets.







Murrell lorded it over police updating his Facebook and Instagram pages with smirking pictures in the sunshine
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His Honor Timothy Petts ordered Murrell to repay the £31,702.18 within three months or face an extra 15 months imprisonment.

He said: “I’m very pleased that the matters have been agreed and I make a confiscation order in the terms proposed for payment of £31,702.18.

“That follows in the usual way an extensive investigation into what Mr Murrell received from his crimes and his available assets.”

The judge added that the police are allowed to come back to court to try to recover more money if they discover other assets in the future.







Murrell was brought back to the UK last February
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A court heard Murrell was a leading member of a £2million steroid gang who shipped drugs from China to the UK to sell.

Murrell, of Oxfordshire, told police he bought the drugs for himself as he “wanted to look his best as a male model”.

He later admitted supplying class C drugs in North Wales through websites but failed to turn up for a sentencing hearing at Caernarfon Crown Court.

John Lyons, defending, said: “He has been prevaricating about his pleas for some time. He was always going to admit the offenses but kept putting off the evil day.”







Murrell was on the run for two years
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Judge Rees said Murrell was part of “a very extensive criminal operation” which imported the drugs from Hong Kong and China.

He added: “It is well known that anabolic steroids have been widely abused in sport, especially where an increase in muscle mass is required.

“The administration of steroids often produces unwanted side effects, mood swings, over confidence, aggression, loss of libido and liver toxicity.”

After his arrest, a North Wales Police spokesman said: “People think they can escape justice by leaving the country, but the arrest of Murrell demonstrates that we will pursue offenders and take the necessary steps to track them down.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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