Case to go ahead against racehorse trainer

Thursday 26 June 2014 23.41
Prosecution against Philip Fenton is adjourned until September
Prosecution against Philip Fenton is adjourned until September

A case against racehorse trainer Philip Fenton for alleged possession of unlicensed animal remedies has been adjourned until September.

Cashel District Court heard the case can proceed as planned following a judge's rejection of legal submissions made by Mr Fenton's legal team.

Judge Terence Finn ruled the Minister for Agriculture is legally empowered to bring eight charges against Mr Fenton, of Garryduff, South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, to the district court, contrary to submissions made by his legal team last week.

The next issue to be considered by the court is whether or not it has jurisdiction to hear the case against Mr Fenton, which includes allegations that he had anabolic steroids at his training yard during a Department of Agriculture inspection in 2012.

Judge Finn said that matter will be considered by the court at a future date.

Charges against Mr Fenton include allegations that he was illegally in possession of Nitrotain, which contains the anabolic steroid ethylestranol and is reported to improve the muscle mass, strength and stamina of horses.

They also include the alleged possession of Ilium Stanabolic which contains the anabolic steroid stanozolol.

Four of the charges allege that Mr Fenton had possession of prescription-only medicines for horses, without having any vet's prescriptions for the medication, when the Department of Agriculture inspection took place on 18 January 2012.