Sunday 22 April 2018

Trainer Philip Fenton steroid cases adjourned again

Trainer Philip Fenton faces charges of possession of steroids
Trainer Philip Fenton faces charges of possession of steroids

Lawyers for leading Irish trainer Philip Fenton will make legal arguments against his charges of possession of steroids during a court hearing next month.

Adjourning the case again, Judge Terence Finn told Carrick-on-Suir district court in Co Tipperary that he was granting more time for submissions to be studied.

The 49-year-old handler was not in the courthouse for the brief mention.

Judge Terence Finn said he was setting aside a half day for legal arguments between the prosecutor and Fenton's barrister Randal Hill at the same courthouse on June 19.

Fenton, of Garryduff, South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, is facing eight charges over treatments and medicines found by state inspectors at his yard.

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine launched proceedings against him following an inspection of his yard on January 18, 2012.

The eight charges include alleged possession of Nitrotain and Ilium Stanabolic and prescription medicines including Engemycin 10%, Neomycin Penicillin and Marbocyl 10%.

If a trial goes ahead on the charges, between 12 and 15 witnesses are expected to be called, including one from France.

No plea has been entered.

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