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Local Trainers Charged

Local Trainers Charged

Weir/McLean Facing Criminal Charges

Melbourne Cup winning trainer DARREN WEIR and his Warrnambool stable foreman Jarrod McLean are facing criminal charges over the jiggers scandal along with two other Warrnambool men.

49 year old Darren Weir is facing nine charges.

38 year old Yangery trainer Jarrod McLean is facing 16 charges.

A 27 year old Warrnambool man is facing seven charges.

And a 31 year old Warrnambool man has been charged with one count of using corrupt conduct information.

They have been charged by Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit and have been summonsed to face court in Melbourne on October 23.

Victoria Police Media release below.

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VICTORIA POLICE MEDIA RELEASE

Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit have charged four men on summons as part of an investigation into alleged illegal activity within the thoroughbred racing industry.

A 49-year-old Baringhup man has been issued nine charges including:

• Conspiracy to Defraud Racing Victoria Limited Stewards;

• Section 9(1)(a) of Prevention Cruelty to Animals Act - engaging in the torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying of a Thoroughbred Race Horse x 3;

• Section 9(1)(c) of Prevention Cruelty to Animals Act - causing unreasonable pain or suffering to a Thoroughbred Race Horse x 3;

• Possess Unregistered Category A longarm; and

• Use controlled weapon without excuse.

A 38-year-old Yangery man has been issued 16 charges including:

• Conspiracy to Defraud Racing Victoria Limited Stewards;

• 195C Engage in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of event or event contingency x 2;

• 195F Use of Corrupt Conduct Information x 5;

• Section 9(1)(a) of Prevention Cruelty to Animals Act - engaging in the torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying of a Thoroughbred Race Horse x 3;

• Section 9(1)(c) of Prevention Cruelty to Animals Act- causing unreasonable pain or suffering to a Thoroughbred Race Horse x 3; and

• Possess Drug of Dependence (Cocaine).

A 27-year-old Warrnambool man has been issued seven charges including:

• Conspiracy to Defraud Racing Victoria Limited Stewards;

• Section 9(1)(a) of Prevention Cruelty to Animals Act - engaging in the torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying of a Thoroughbred Race Horse

x 3; and

• Section 9(1)(c) of Prevention Cruelty to Animals Act - causing unreasonable pain or suffering to a Thoroughbred Race Horse x 3.

A 31-year-old Warrnambool man has been charged with one count of 195F Use of Corrupt Conduct Information.

All four will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on 23 October.

The charges follow a number of warrants that were executed at properties in Miners Rest and Warrnambool on 30 January, 2019.

A number of items including a firearm and what is believed to be conducted energy devices were also seized from the properties.

Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit have also been assisted by Racing Victoria during this investigation.

Anyone with information about illegal activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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