Weir’s lawyer calls for case to be thrown out
The defence acting on behalf of Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir has told a committal hearing at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court that he’ll press to have the case against his client thrown out. Weir, along with his former stable employees Jarrod McLean, William Hernan and Tyson Kermond, are contesting charges including animal cruelty and conspiring to defraud racing stewards.
Weir’s lawyer, Ian Hill QC, described the conspiracy charges as ‘misconceived’ and ‘duplicitous’ after accusing Victoria Police of withholding evidence that could see his client cleared of the charges. The Crown case relies on covert footage recorded on October 30, 2018 that allegedly shows electric shocks being administered to horses in Weir’s care. However, the court heard that detectives had recorded hundreds of hours of additional footage at Weir’s stables in which nothing untoward had happened.