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Banned horse trainer back on track after court
Catherine Clifford & Gavin Coote
Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:21pm AEST
MAP: Tamworth 2340
A magistrate has allowed a horse trainer from Attunga facing corruption allegations to return to the racetrack and continue training horses.
Two horse trainers, and the lawyer for a third, re-appeared at Tamworth Local Court.
Trainers Anthony Mabbott, Cody Morgan and Robert Clement are charged with corruption influencing certain races and with corruption influencing the betting on those races.
Lawyer Paul O'Sullivan sought a bail variation for his client, trainer Cody Morgan.
Mr Morgan had been banned from going within 200m of a racetrack, or with carrying on with his profession of training race horses.
The Crown opposed the application, saying the case against Mr Morgan was not just about drenching horses illegally, but about corrupt conduct involving gambling and with interfering with the outcome of races.
Magistrate Favretto ordered the bail restrictions be lifted.
He noted two swabs had come back clear and said it was a matter for Racing NSW to determine if Mr Morgan was a fit and proper person to hold a trainer's licence.
Magistrate Favretto also said a presumption of innocence must be afforded the accused in the legal proceedings.
The Crown also told the court the case was substantial, involving warrants for telephone intercepts, TAB betting statements and TAB business records, and an analysis of two bags of powder allegedly found during a police raid.
Magistrate Favretto adjourned the matter to Tamworth Local Court on August 28.
Topics: corruption, courts-and-trials, horse-racing, tamworth-2340, attunga-2345, bendemeer-2355, duri-2344, werris-creek-2341
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