Jarrod McLean has jigger charges case adjourned until September

POSTED ON  |  18-06-2019

Jarrod McLean
The inquiry into charges against trainer Jarrod McLean possessing a banned electric-shock device was adjourned until September after a brief appearance before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Monday. McLean, who has continued to train and has three runners at Ballarat Synthetic on Tuesday, faces two charges — possessing an electrical apparatus, known as a jigger, and conduct prejudicial to racing.

The charges arose from the January raids by Racing Victoria stewards, and Victoria police, that resulted in trainer Darren Weir receiving a four-year ban after a jigger was found in his bedroom. Weir didn’t contest his charges, but McLean, who had been Weir’s assistant while also training on his own, has opted to proceed with a hearing.

It was supposed to begin on Monday but McLean’s barrister Patrick Wheelahan immediately made an application to have the case heard behind closed doors. When asked if McLean was contesting his two charges, Wheelahan said he couldn’t say for reasons he explained when the hearing was closed. The session ended just over half an hour later when it was adjourned until a new directions hearing on September 3.

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