Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir has been charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy, in relation to property raids carried out earlier this year.
Victoria Police say raids on the trainer’s Ballarat and Warnambool properties, back in January, uncovered conductive energy devices (jiggers) and a gun.
He’s now been charged with animal cruelty, conspiracy and weapons offences, along with multiple counts of engaging in torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying a thoroughbred race horse.
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Weir also accused of conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria stewards, and possessing an unregistered gun and using a controlled weapon without an excuse.
The 49-year-old was banned from racing for four years earlier in the year, and is one of four men charged over the investigation.
He’s set to front court on nine charges on October 23.
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