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Noble to learn of greyhound property fate

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His lawyers fought the application by the Crown in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Wednesday to confiscate the banned trainer’s Churchable property, north of Gatton.

Crown lawyer Karen Bradford argued the property should be forfeited under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 because it was used for illegal activity.

Noble used live piglets, rabbits and possums to develop a “bloodlust” in race dogs at the 16-hectare property between August and October 2014.

He received a wholly suspended three-year jail term in 2016 after pleading guilty to 15 counts of serious animal cruelty.

Noble’s lawyer, Alastair McDougall, argued on Wednesday his client and his client’s wife both suffered serious medical issues that would require ongoing treatment.

He said seizure of the property, which was listed for sale shortly after Noble’s conviction but is now being used as a rental property, would force the couple onto welfare.

Justice Graeme Crow will hand down his decision on Thursday morning.


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