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Greyhound issue AU 2015 update



CASES against greyhound trainers videotaped live baiting could crumble if the footage is ruled inadmissible because it was secretly filmed.

But RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the joint police and RSPCA greyhound racing inquiry taskforce was continually gathering more evidence.

He expects there to be more arrests.

But Mr Beatty is unsure if it means the end of greyhound racing.

He said some people raced for the pleasure of it as a hobby, while others took it seriously.

Mr Beatty said sometimes things became "muddied" when money was involved.

He praised the Palaszczuk Government's announcement of a commission of inquiry to replace the current review of the greyhound racing industry.

"We certainly welcome the fact the government have done what it's done," Mr Beatty said.

"We think it's a step in the right direction."

So far 14 people have been arrested on 53 charges, including 37 of serious animal cruelty.

Racing Queensland has warned off six trainers for life and suspended 27 trainers from the industry.

The greyhound racing industry has suffered another blow, with a second sponsor pulling the pin on, in the wake of the live baiting scandal, while the state government wants beefed up laws if it is uncovered here. Mark Mooney reports.
Jail for greyhound trainer accused of threatening witness
DISGRACED Lockyer Valley greyhound trainer Tom Noble is behind bars after he was accused of trying to pervert the course of justice.

The 68-year-old was due to return to Ipswich Magistrates Court in July, to face seven charges of serious animal cruelty in relation to the live-baiting scandal.

However Noble appeared in court today, after he was arrested yesterday for one charge of threatening a witness.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the charge stemmed from a phone call between Noble and Ipswich greyhound owner and breeder Julie Edmondson.

Edmondson, 63, had faced court three days earlier for offences of animal cruelty, also in relation to live-baiting and is believed to be a potential witness in the matter.

Sgt Dick said Noble allegedly tried to coerce Edmondson in changing her story in an apparent attempt to pervert the course of justice.

"This is a very serious matter," Sgt Dick said. "Noble was granted bail last time because of his mature age and lack of history.

"However he has now shown that he is an unacceptable risk."

Defence lawyer Dylan Hans said the prosecution's case was "weak" because was no evidence such a conversation took place.

Mr Hans said Noble had known Edmondson for more than 30 years.

He said Noble phoned Edmondson to offer his support but that the conversation never touched upon perverting justice.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove reiterated the matter was very serious and that he was concerned about Noble's risk of reoffending.

Noble was refused bail and the matter was adjourned for July 1.

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