STAB victim Josh Hirst supplied friends with drugs and steroids, a murder trial heard yesterday.
Gym fanatic Josh, 20, who was knifed to death by two masked attackers, touted steroids to his friends by text message.
A friend, Philip Michael Hepworth, told Leeds Crown Court that he bought MCat from Josh.
Mr Hepworth said he had asked Josh to get him the drug and he bought it from him “nearly every week”.
He said the drug, also known as mephedrone or meow meow, came in powder form in a plastic bag. He paid between £50 and £70 for it.
Text messages showed that Josh offered 12g of MCat for £70 on June 9 and 11g for £50 on August 1. Mr Hepworth admitted he bought the drugs both times.
Asked by prosecutor Neil Davey if he had bought anything else from Josh, Mr Hepworth said he had bought clenbuterol and T3s, steroids known as ‘fat strippers’.
Watched from the public gallery by Josh’s parents Terry and Julie, another friend, Adam Prendergast, also told how Josh offered him steroids but he refused to buy any.
Asked by Mr Davey if Josh asked other people, he replied: “Yes, I think so”.
A third man, Anthony Paul Owens, described himself as a “very close” friend of Josh. The pair trained together at the John Smith's Stadium gym in Huddersfield.
Mr Owens said Josh had previously taken steroids “to give him more energy” but he had not been taking them recently and was more into “fitness and running”.
The jury has been told how Josh was “hunted” and attacked by two masked men in Grove Street, Mirfield, just yards from his home, late on August 3 last year.
Josh had his throat cut and was then stabbed through a major artery in his neck.
He staggered home and his father raised the alarm, but Josh was bleeding heavily and later died.
Joe Church, 20, of Redlands Close, Mirfield, Aaron Smith, 18, of Savile Street, Emley, and Nadeem Rashid, 21, of Lapwing View, Horbury Bridge, all deny murder.
The prosecution claims that Rashid, driving a Renault Megane, spotted Josh’s white Audi and followed him home.
The two others with Rashid – Church and Smith – got out and chased Josh, attacking him and leaving him for dead.
The court yesterday heard how Rashid sold his Megane for a knockdown price because it was “hot”.
Motor trader Iyaz Ayub bought the car for £430 from Rashid, who he knew as ‘Dimmy’.
In a statement read to the jury, Mr Ayub told how he received a call from Dimmy on August 4, the day after Josh died.
“Dimmy told me he wanted rid of a car. He told me it was hot and asked if I could get rid of it.
“He asked for £500, then asked for £1,000. I knew it was worth more and I could sell it. I did not think anything was unusual.”
Rashid left the car at an address in Moorlands Road, Dewsbury, and eventually did a deal for £430.
Mr Ayub said Rashid was anxious that he delete his number from his phone.
“He told me to delete his number because it was his sister's. He took the phone and deleted the entire call list”, said Mr Ayub.
“Dimmy told me he had got rid of his phone.”
The prosecution is expected to close its case today. The trial continues.