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Case against Tipperary racehorse trainer adjourned

Philip Fenton not in court for latest hearing on illegal medicines case.


Yesterday, Carrick on Suir District Court heard that legal arguments due to be heard next month will take about half a day.

The 49 year old of Garryduff, South Lodge Carrick on Suir wasn’t in court yesterday but was represented by a barrister and solicitor.

The well known trainer is charged with eight counts of possessing illegal animal remedies when a Department of Agriculture inspection took place at his yard in January of 2012.

The charges include allegations that he had medicines containing anabolic steroids in his possession, while other allegations relate to the possession of prescription-only medication, without having a valid vet’s prescription.

Yesterday, the matter was before the courts for the fifth time – which heard that some progress had been made in the case since it was last mentioned in March.

Seeking a further adjournment – the prosecution said the defence had made some legal submissions since January to which the state has responded but it needed time to consider further submission made by Mr Fenton’s legal team.

Judge Terrence Finn said he was minded to accede to the request for an adjournment and added that he envisaged the legal arguments – which will be made on the next court date- could take half a day.

He then put back the case to June 19th.