Earlier on Wednesday, it was claimed police may have left out crucial evidence. "Apart from one occasion when I saw [horses] being tortured," Senior Constable Pickett said. Evidence against trainer Darren Weir, Jarrod McLean and two others linked to his stable is set to be tested in Tuesday’s committal hearing at Ballarat Magistrates Court.
Liz Hobday @liz_hobday. VIC and SA racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned respectively by RV and TRSA and other parties working with them. Verry Elleegant’s Melbourne Cup place depending on penalty, Grace Ramage has all the fallout from another big day of racing at Caulfield on Saturday. Darren Weir (Image: Racing Photos) Darren Weir case adjourned. Hill also accused Victoria Police of withholding evidence that could see Weir cleared of the charges. Evidence against trainer Darren Weir, Jarrod McLean and two others linked to his stable is set to be tested in Tuesday’s committal hearing at Ballarat Magistrates Court. Weir, McLean and Kermond were arrested and released without charge following the January 29, 2019 raids. Darren Weir is contesting 10 charges in court. The two-day hearing was held before Magistrate Rod Saines. Dr Andrew McLean told the court he could not be certain the horses received an electric shock during the video, and that he didn't see any signs of pain after the alleged shocks. Senior Constable Pickett, who is part of Victoria Police's Sporting Integrity Unit, testified that while he hadn't seen all of the covert footage himself, he didn't believe it contained anything incriminating. "I didn't withhold it, I just chose what to show him," he told the court.
Under cross examination by Hill, Senior Constable Pickett acknowledged he hadn't told two key prosecution witnesses, animal expert Dr Andrew McLean and Chief Steward Robert Cram, that police had recorded hundreds of hours of other footage during their investigation. Weir and his former stable employees Jarrod McLean, William Hernan and Tyson Kermond are contesting charges including animal cruelty and conspiring to defraud racing stewards. 8 September, 2020 ON, (The animal cruelty case against champion trainer Darren Weir and his associates has been adjourned until Wednesday, as police investigators seek legal advice regarding their covert surveillance of Weir's operations.
"You have tried to distort the conversation so it looks as incriminating as possible," Gullaci told Senior Constable Pickett. Dr McLean gave evidence in court on Tuesday that in his opinion Weir's horses had not shown any signs of pain when they were allegedly subjected to electric shocks and he couldn't be sure that electric shocks had actually been administered. While the specific footage was recorded on October 30, 2018, the court heard Victoria Police's brief of evidence failed to mention that secret cameras had been filming continuously at Weir's Warrnambool and Ballarat operations for several weeks around that date. 9 September, 2020 ON, (The defence lawyer for Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir has told a committal hearing at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court that he'll press 'forcefully' to have the case against his client thrown out. Weir's lawyer, Ian Hill QC, described the conspiracy charges in particular as 'misconceived' and 'duplicitous'. Weir is charged with 10 offences, including conspiring with McLean and Kermond to defraud Racing Victoria stewards between October 24 and November 17, 2018, and six counts of animal cruelty relating to thoroughbreds Yogi, Red Cardinal and Tosen Basil on October 30, 2018, at Warrnambool. The footage, which remains unseen by media, allegedly shows Melbourne Cup runner Red Cardinal, Yogi and Tosen Basil being jabbed with an electronic device known as a jigger as they exercised on a treadmill. The hearing, which is used to decide if there is enough evidence against Weir, McLean stablehand Tyson Kermond and William Hernan to proceed to trial, will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Senior Constable Pickett denied he had deliberately withheld exculpatory evidence from Dr McLean. Weir and his co-accused faced a two-day hearing to decide whether there's enough evidence against them for the case to be heard in front of a jury. Senior Constable Pickett also acknowledged he knew the extra video evidence could potentially result in Weir being cleared. Dr McLean gave evidence in court on Tuesday that in his opinion Weir's horses had not shown any signs of pain when they were allegedly subjected to electric shocks and he couldn't be sure that electric shocks had actually been administered. McLean allegedly placed a $100 each way bet on Red Cardinal on Cup day in 2018, which could have reaped $5200. Darren Weir leaves Racing Victoria's headquarters after being questioned by officials in 2019. Darren Weir (Image: Racing Photos) Weir lawyer seeks to have case thrown out.
But the court heard the police brief failed to mention that detectives had recorded hundreds of hours of other footage at Weir's Warrnambool and Ballarat stables in which nothing untoward had happened. Weir is also facing two counts of being a prohibited person to possess a firearm. The case will return to the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on October 8. Darren Weir is probably the most famous son of Berriwillock, a small town in the Mallee District of Victoria, and is the leading Victorian country trainer of the … © 2020 Racing Victoria Limited (RV) and other parties working with it. It’s alleged the horses were tortured, abused, overworked and terrified when jiggers, or conducted energy devices, were used to shock them while they ran on a treadmill wearing blinkers, causing unreasonable pain or suffering. The Crown case relies on covert police footage recorded on the October 30, 2018 that allegedly shows electric shocks being administered to horses in Weir's care using a device known as a 'jigger'. Also during Wednesday's hearing, defence lawyer Jason Gullaci, acting for McLean, accused police of 'slicing and dicing' their phone-tap evidence, and relying on the 'footy highlights' to establish a case. The hearing, which is used to decide if there is enough evidence against Weir, McLean stablehand Tyson Kermond and William Hernan to proceed to trial, will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. McLean is facing 16 counts, including conspiracy to defraud stewards, animal cruelty, two of conduct that corrupted a betting outcome, six of using corrupt conduct information and possessing cocaine. He testified that police had recorded about 460 hours of covert footage but showing it all to expert witnesses 'just wasn't feasible and it wasn't relevant'. Under cross examination, Senior Constable Pickett admitted he'd left parts of some of the recorded conversations out of the police brief, but he disagreed that he'd taken any information out of context. VIC and SA racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned respectively by RV and TRSA and other parties working with them. Weir has been under investigation by police, since three electronic jiggers were found in a bedroom of his Ballarat home in January last year. Verry Elleegant’s Melbourne Cup place depending on penalty, Grace Ramage has all the fallout from another big day of racing at Caulfield on Saturday. The defence lawyer for Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir has told a committal hearing at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court that he'll press 'forcefully' to have the case against his client thrown out. Liz Hobday @liz_hobday. Gullaci told the court the lead investigator in the case, Detective Senior Constable Cliff Pickett, had left out crucial sections of phone conversations between Weir staffers. Tue 5 Feb 2019 21.19 EST 32 When word spread last week that Darren Weir’s stables had been raided by police, it came of little surprise to most inside in the racing industry.
Kermond is charged with seven offences, including a conspiracy to defraud stewards, and six of animal cruelty. © 2020 Racing Victoria Limited (RV) and other parties working with it. Import has the form and the weight to win a Melbourne Cup, but will he make the final field? Weir was later disqualified for four years by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after pleading no contest to four charges, three relating to possessing the electronic apparatus on his licensed premises and the other for conduct prejudicial to the image of racing. Import has the form and the weight to win a Melbourne Cup, but will he make the final field?
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