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Court date set for first greyhound live baiting case

Greyhound trainer Julie Elizabeth Edmondson.
Greyhound trainer Julie Elizabeth Edmondson. Adam Davies

A GREYHOUND trainer charged with animal cruelty has had her matter mentioned briefly in court where a date for a full hand-up to a higher court was set.

Julie Elizabeth Edmondson, 64, was charged last year as part of the live baiting scandal which rocked the state's greyhound industry.

Ms Edmondson is further charged with making a false declaration.

Police allege Ms Edmondson used a pig, rabbit and chickens to trial run dogs at Marburg and Churchable training tracks to see how fast they would go.

The offences allegedly took place between September 2014 and January 2015.

Ms Edmondson's legal representative told Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday the matter was now ready to proceed to a higher court, where a trial or sentence date would be set.

"An indictment will be presented in the Ipswich District Court on January 27," she said.

"We are asking for a two-month adjournment to allow the matter to proceed in that court."

Magistrate Stuart Shearer adjourned the case until April 6.

Ms Edmondson remains free on bail and has not yet entered a plea to any of the charges.

The live baiting scandal was brought to light after shocking footage of the practice was aired on the ABC last year.

A joint QPS/ RSPCA Task Force was subsequently established to investigate the footage and has led to more than 20 industry identities being charged with a range of serious animal cruelty offences.

The Queensland Racing Disciplinary Board subsequently warned Ms Edmondson off greyhound tracks for life but that was reduced to five years following an appeal.
 

Topics:  court, crime, greyhound, ipswich, live baiting



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