Greyhound trainers face court on live-baiting charges

THREE Ipswich greyhound trainers caught up in the live baiting scandal that rocked the industry will soon be facing Ipswich District Court.

Churchable residents Jennifer May Louise Viles, 48, Ashleigh Marie Priggins, 18, and Matthew Kenneth Lewis, 25 are all facing charges of serious animal cruelty.

Ms Viles is facing an additional charge for allegedly using social media to harass and intimidate a witness.

Their matters were heard in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday, although none appeared in person.

The matters of Ms Viles and Ms Priggins have been adjourned until August 31 for an application to cross examine witnesses to be lodged, then they will be handed up to the District Court.

Mr Lewis's matter is expected to be handed up on August 17.

Churchable greyhound racing identities Matthew Lewis, 25, (white shirt) and Jenny Viles (rear pink), 48, leaving Ipswich Courthouse in December.
Churchable greyhound racing identities Matthew Lewis, 25, (white shirt) and Jenny Viles (rear pink), 48, leaving Ipswich Courthouse in December. David Nielsen

The trainers were among a host of Ipswich racing identities charged late last year following the release of the infamous footage aired on ABC's Four Corners that sent shockwaves through the nation.

Since then, the New South Wales Government has announced a controversial state-wide ban on greyhound racing.  

There have been calls for other states to follow suit


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