TWO men at the centre of race-fixing allegations have been ordered to make a plea when the case returns to court in October.
Anthony Ian Mabbott, 34, fronted Tamworth Local Court yesterday, as did co-accused 47-year-old Robert Clement and 27-year-old Cody Morgan.
The men are facing a string of charges in relation to allegations they facilitated the corrupt conduct of betting events and are the first three in NSW to be charged under new laws.
Crown prosecutor Kerry Wand asked for an adjournment to mid-October to allow negotiations and discussions to continue with the DPP and the solicitors for the co-accused.
But Magistrate Roger Prowse questioned the application.
“Why would negotiations and discussions take that long?” he asked the court.
Mabbott’s solicitor, Greg Birtles, told the court the brief of evidence had been served on the co-accused but they needed more time to consider it.
“It is a voluminous brief,” he said.
“This is a complex matter involving new legislation.”
Mr Birtles told the court he needed to consider the numerous phone taps.
“We’d ask for that ... this brief is full of telephone transcripts,” he told the court.
“Two ring folders plus what we were served last week.”
Clement’s solicitor, Patricia Robinson, said her counsel needed further time.
“He didn’t receive the second part of the brief until Monday or Tuesday this week,” she told the court.
Magistrate Prowse granted the request and said they were matters “which needed to be properly considered”.
But he told the court Mabbott and Clement must enter their pleas to the charges when the case returned on October 16.
Morgan has already pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in conduct that corrupts the betting outcome of an event, two counts of facilitate conduct that corrupts betting outcome of an event and using corrupt conduct information to bet on an event.
Police allege he and Clement doped Tamworth Cup winner Prussian Secret prior to the April 28 race.
Clement is facing 12 charges, where he’s also accused of arranging the corrupting of harness racing events in Muswellbrook in Tamworth, dating back to December last year.
Mabbott is charged with two counts of facilitating conduct that corrupts the betting outcome of an event and two counts of using corrupt conduct information to bet on an event.
The charges surround harness racing meets in Tamworth on April 17 and Muswellbrook on April 21.
Strike Force Trentbridge detectives raided the properties of all three men prior to their arrests in May.
The men remain on bail.