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Weir fined after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges

Weir fined after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges

Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m)-winning trainer Darren Weir has been fined $36,000 after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges relating to the use of an electrical shock device, known as a jigger, while training three horses in 2018.

 

Weir and his co-accused, former employees Jarrod McLean and Tyson Kermond, each pleaded guilty to three charges of animal cruelty in the Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court yesterday afternoon, after conspiracy charges were dropped in October.
McLean was also fined $36,000, but Kermond was instead ordered to make a $10,000 donation to the RSPCA for his involvement in the illegal practice. During sentencing magistrate Franz Holzer acknowledged the trio are all of good character but made an ‘appalling’ mistake and have since duly suffered the consequences of their actions.
 The Prosecution played the court secretly filmed CCTV footage which depicted Weir using an electrical shock device on three horses, Red Cardinal (Montjeu), Yogi (Raise The Flag), and Tosen Basil (Harbinger) on the treadmill at his Warrnambool stables, whilst Jarrod McLean struck their backs with a piece of plastic pipe to simulate a whip.
“Racing Victoria [RV] notes the penalty decision handed down today at the Warrnambool Magistrates Court in relation to criminal charges issued by Victoria Police against Mr Weir, Mr McLean and Mr Kermond,” a Racing Victoria statement read.
 “RV Stewards are aware of further evidence presented during today’s mention, which they will now consider. With these developments currently under consideration, no further comments on the matter will be made at this time.”