British sprinting great’s son jailed over drug dealing offences

The son of former British Olympic sprinting champion Linford Christie has been jailed for 15 months for allowing his west London flat to be used for drug dealing.

Christie, the 100 metres gold medallist at the Barcelona Games in 1992, was not in Isleworth Crown Court as his 26-year-old son, Liam Oliver-Christie, was sentenced on Monday.

London’s Daily Mail reported that police found a package containing five wraps of crack cocaine and 14 wraps of heroin when they raided his west Kensingston apartment last August. He was also caught with £130 ($192), cash police said was paid to him for allowing his premises to be a base for drug dealing by two of his friends.

“You played, in my judgment, a critical role because it was your premises,” Judge Philip Matthews told Oliver-Christie. “Your two pals were dealing from those premises.

All the evidence points to regular drug-related activity at your premises of which you were fully aware.”

Christie’s career on the track, which also included 100m gold medals at the world championships, European championships and the Commonwealth Games, ended in disgrace when he was banned for two years for testing positive to a performance-enhancing drug.

His son’s counsel, Fergus Malone, unsuccessfully argued in his defence that Oliver-Christie had received only marginal support throughout his life from his famous father. The Mail reports that Liam and his twin sister Korel are children from an affair Christie had with their typist mother Yvonne Oliver. Oliver-Christie has a degree in journalism.

“He is somebody who has bettered himself and has somewhat lived in the shadow of a very well celebrated man, his father Linford Christie,” Malone said. “Not necessarily through the fault of his father, in a sense he has suffered throughout his life and perhaps not necessarily got the benefits he might have got through being the son of Linford Christie.”

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