Bid to seize greyhound trainer's property rejected
THE State Government has failed in its bid to confiscate disgraced greyhound trainer Tom Noble's Churchable property.
DISGRACED greyhound trainer Tom Noble and his wife will have to rely on welfare if the Queensland Government seizes the property he used for illegal live-bating, a court has heard.
The Crown on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court in Brisbane to allow it to seize the banned trainer's property at Churchable, near Gatton.
It follows Noble (pictured) being handed a wholly suspended three-year jail term in 2016 after pleading guilty to 15 counts of serious animal cruelty. Noble used live piglets, rabbits and possums to develop a "bloodlust" in race dogs at the 16-hectare property between August and October 2014.
His lawyer, Alastair McDougall, on Wednesday told the court his client and his wife both suffered serious medical issues that would require ongoing treatment.
He argued seizure of the property, which was listed for sale shortly after his conviction but is now being used as a rental property, would force the Nobles onto welfare.
Mr McDougall said forfeiture of the property was also a "disproportionate response" to the severity of the crime.
"While on any view of the offence it is serious ... the facts are that the offence itself only carries a maximum seven years," he said.
However, Justice Graeme Crow labelled it a "shocking example of this type of offence".
Karen Bradford, for the Crown, said the Nobles had failed to provide adequate information about their financial status, and that it was difficult to determine how much weight to give to Mrs Noble's interest in the property.
She noted that finding comparable cases to this matter was near impossible as almost all seizures under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 were drug-related.
Justice Crow will hand down his decision on Thursday.