Ben Currie made a brief appearance before Toowoomba Magistrates Court.
Ben Currie made a brief appearance before Toowoomba Magistrates Court. Kevin Farmer

Horse trainer Ben Currie pleads guilty in Toowoomba court

SUSPENDED horse trainer Ben Currie has walked out of Toowoomba Magistrates Court without penalty after he pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions. He will return on a more serious charge of fraud.

Currie, 28, had woken about midnight July 9 "in a panic" that he had forgotten to report to the Toowoomba police station as part of his bail conditions and, after phoning his solicitor, had attended the police station at 1am the next morning admitting he had missed reporting, his solicitor Darren Mahony told the court.

Part of his bail conditions was that Currie must report to police each Tuesday and Friday while on remand.

Benjamin Mark Currie pleaded guilty to the breach of bail charge but Magistrate Graham Lee ordered no further penalty be imposed and no conviction be recorded.

Currie had been placed on bail last month after he was arrested on a fraud related charge arising from his horse training business.

While no details of the allegations were aired in court, the charge period stretches from November 2016 to March this year.

Police claim Currie engaged in "systematic fraudulent behaviour" during that period, having sourced "unregulated horse supplement designed to enhance race performance" by circumventing current testing methods.

Police allege this resulted in Currie fraudulently collecting prize money he wasn't entitled to.

Currie has not as yet been required to enter any plea to the charge of fraud.

Currie, formerly one of Queensland's leading horse trainers, was disqualified from racing for seven and a half years earlier this year.

Mr Mahony told the court a full brief of evidence on the police charge would be required before the case could proceed and asked for an adjournment so that could be done.

Magistrate Lee remanded Currie on bail and adjourned the fraud case for committal mention back in the same court on September 16.
 



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