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Boxer and swimsuit model Lauryn Eagle seeks to have drug-driving conviction overturned

Sports star and swimsuit model Lauryn Eagle has appealed to have her drug-driving conviction overturned and all charges dismissed, according to her lawyer.

Adam Houda has confirmed an appeal has been lodged against the decision under the grounds of mental health legislation because his client was unaware her prescription medication contained methamphetamine, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Eagle, 29, was fined $600 and her licence was disqualified for six months by magistrate in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court in January after she tested positive to meth­amphetamine when she was pulled over for a random drug test in Sydney’s south last July.

 

‘The issue on appeal is whether it would be more appropriate to have my ­client’s matters dismissed under the mental health legislation,’ lawyer Adam Houda, pictured with Lauryn Eagle, said 

Lauryn Eagle, 29, was fined $600 and her licence was disqualified for six months  in Sydney 's Downing Centre Local Court in January

Lauryn Eagle, 29, was fined $600 and her licence was disqualified for six months in Sydney ‘s Downing Centre Local Court in January

The magistrate Hugh Donnelly rejected Eagle’s application to have no conviction recorded, noting her poor traffic record. 

‘The issue on appeal is whether it would be more appropriate to have my ­client’s matters dismissed under the mental health legislation,’ Mr Houda told The Daily Telegraph.

‘We argue it is more ­appropriate as her positive reading was triggered by medication prescribed to my client by her doctor to treat her health issues. This is not disputed by the police. In those circumstances, the only fair outcome, we would argue, is for the matter to be dismissed.’

The case will be mentioned in the District Court next week. 

Lauryn Eagle's appeal will be mentioned in the District Court next week

Lauryn Eagle’s appeal will be mentioned in the District Court next week

Lauryn Eagle (pictured right) Australian super-featherweight boxing titleholder and former world champion water skier

Lauryn Eagle (pictured right) Australian super-featherweight boxing titleholder and former world champion water skier

After her guilty plea was entered In January, Mr Houda asked the magistrate not to record a conviction, claiming the world champion water skier and Australian super-featherweight boxing titleholder was not aware that Desoxyn, a medication she had been taking contained methamphetamine.

Following the decision, Mr Houda told reporters outside court he had lodged an appeal.

‘No way in hell she would have driven if she knew that,’ Mr Houda said.  

 ‘We take issue with any type of penalty for someone who was just taking their prescribed medication.’

Earlier this week, Eagle posted on Instagram that she’s currently in training for her next boxing bout on May 11 at Bankstown’s Emporium Function Centre.

Adam Houda told reporters outside court in January that they would lodge an appeal against the decision

Adam Houda told reporters outside court in January that they would lodge an appeal against the decision

Earlier this week, Eagle posted on Instagram that she's currently training for her next boxing bout on May 11 at Bankstown's Emporium Function Centre

Earlier this week, Eagle posted on Instagram that she’s currently training for her next boxing bout on May 11 at Bankstown’s Emporium Function Centre

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