Greyhound trainer charged with more animal cruelty offences

LOCKYER Valley greyhound trainer Anthony Terrence McCabe has faced court where he was charged with an additional six animal cruelty offences.

He is now facing 13 charges stemming from the greyhound live baiting scandal last year which rocked the industry.

Mr McCabe, 42, appeared briefly today in Ipswich Magistrates Court where the additional charges were read out.

The court heard between August 27 and October 12, 2014 he allegedly used pigs and rabbits for live baiting purposes at a Churchable training facility.

Defence lawyer Danielle Heable requested a three month adjournment and indicated a mental health application could be made.

Mr McCabe was not required to enter a plea to the new charges and was released on bail under strict conditions including he report to police each week, live at a Rochdale address and surrender his passport.

His matter was adjourned until April 6.

Fellow greyhound trainers Jennifer May Louise Viles, 48, and Matthew Kenneth Lewis, 25, also appeared in court for the first time after being charged late last year.

The pair were charged on December 1, 2015 with serious animal cruelty offences stemming for the same live baiting scandal which has claimed several industry identities.

Ms Viles is facing an additional charge of interfering with a witness after police alleged she used social media to harass and intimidate a witness.

The matter was adjourned so the Director of Public Prosecutions can finalise the brief of evidence.

The matter will be mentioned again on February 24.


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