Verdict in Ben Currie fraud trial
By peter hardwick
03:22pm • 21 May 2021
After a two-week trial which followed a two-year investigation, horse trainer Ben Currie has been found not guilty of a charge of fraud.
Mr Currie, 30, and co-accused Anthony Raymond Stephens, 27, had been charged with fraud – dishonestly gaining a benefit relating to 14 races involving horses trained by Mr Currie.
Both pleaded not guilty to their respective charge.
The prosecution claimed a number of horses had been injected or stomach tubed with substances to enhance performance on the day of the race which is contrary to the rules of racing in Queensland.
However, in her judgment, Magistrate Kay Ryan said there was no evidence any of the horses particularised by the prosecution had tested positive for such substances after the particular races.
She also found there was no evidence that the term of “shampooing”, which the prosecution claimed was a code word for injecting a horse with performance enhancing substances, was associated with such a practice.
Mr Currie and Mr Stephens gave each other a nod of approval when Ms Ryan told the court that she could not find either defendant guilty of the charge.
Mr Currie’s racing licence is still under suspension until next month and it is not clear as yet if he will apply for his licence to be reinstated once his ban is over now that he has been cleared by the court.