NEW evidence has come to light against one of the horse trainers at the centre of an alleged race-fixing ring.
Cody Morgan, 27, dressed in a grey suit, fronted Tamworth Local Court yesterday along with co-accused, 47-year-old Robert Clement and 34-year-old Anthony Ian Mabbott.
The trio are facing a combined 20 charges relating to allegations they facilitated the corrupt conduct of betting events.
Solicitor for Mabbott and acting as agent for Morgan, Greg Birtles, told the court the new evidence only surfaced on Tuesday.
“As of yesterday, an additional statement has impacted on some of the decisions,” Mr Birtles said.
“The additional information does not impact on Mr Mabbott.”
During yesterday’s proceedings, a solicitor for Clement cast doubt on some of the charges in the wake of the voluminous brief of evidence. Patricia Robinson said she needed more time to build a case.
“In relation to the future of the charges, I am advised by counsel it will take some weeks,” she told the court.
But when questions on what charges she was referring to, Ms Robinson said it was concerning all 12 counts.
“There is some doubt whether the brief can support the charges,” she said.
The court has been told on previous occasions the brief of evidence against the trio spans more than three, three-ringed folders, and contains a number of lengthy phone taps.
Mr Birtles supported a joint application between the Depart of Public Prosecution and Ms Robinson to have the matter stood over while further counsel advice is sought.
A detective attached to Strike Force Trentbridge was again in court for the proceedings following the raids on properties of all three men prior to their arrests in May.
Morgan has pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in conduct that corrupts the betting outcome of an event, two counts of facilitating conduct that corrupts the betting outcome of an event and using corrupt conduct information to bet on an event. Police allege he and Clement doped Prussian Secret, prior to the gelding’s win in the Tamworth Cup on April 28.
Clement is yet to enter a plea to any of his 12 charges, where he is also accused of arranging the corrupting of harness racing events in Tamworth and Muswellbrook, stemming from December last year.
Mabbott, who is facing 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, is yet to plead.
His charges relate to harness race meets in Tamworth on April 17 and Muswellbrook on April 21. The trio are the first to be charged under new laws introduced last year.
The case returns to court on November 27.