Trainer must wait for case decision
Published 24/06/2014 | 15:32
Leading racehorse trainer Philip Fenton will have to wait two more days to find out whether he will stand trial over the alleged possession of banned animal remedies including steroids.
The 49-year-old is facing eight charges over treatments and medicines claimed to have been found at his yard South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary by veterinary inspectors in January 2012.
Judge Terence Finn was expected to rule today if the case should proceed following objections about the offences listed on the summonses and the animal remedies regulations Mr Fenton is alleged to have contravened.
But he postponed his ruling until Thursday to allow for more time to review the legal submissions. He is expected to give a decision on the case on Thursday at Cashel District Court.
Following lengthy and complex legal arguments at earlier hearings, lawyers for the state claimed the case against the trainer is that he accepts he had the banned products.
At Carrick-on-Suir District Court last week, defence lawyers claimed the prosecution should not be brought as the regulations Mr Fenton is alleged to have contravened date from July 2012 while the offences are alleged to have occurred in January that year.
No plea has been entered in the case.
Prosecution is being taken by Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine following an inspection of Mr Fenton's yard on January 18, 2012.
The trainer faces eight charges in relation to alleged possession of Nitrotain and Ilium Stanabolic and prescription medicines including Engemycin 10%, Neomycin Penicillin, Marbocyl 10%.