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Investigations Continue Around Suspended Trainer
Suspended trainer Jarrod McLean has been interviewed by police into allegations of extortion and threats to kill and damage property, Fairfax Media has reported. The Age newspaper has named McLean and Racing Victoria confirmed it has been informed by police of a new investigation. "We've been notified by Victoria Police that they have an ongoing investigation into the conduct of a male from Yangery and another from Baringhup," a Racing Victoria statement said. "As it is an ongoing police investigation it's inappropriate for us to comment any further, other than to say that we remain interested in the matter.’’ McLean, along with former leading trainer Darren Weir, were among four men arrested 12 months ago by police and charged with a number of offences including the use of electrical devises on horses. While Weir was disqualified for four years by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, McLean was stood down by racing officials in October. “The men, aged 39 and 45 from Yangery and Baringhup, were released and are expected to be charged on summons in relation to blackmail, extortion, make threats to kill and threats to damage property offences," Victoria Police said in a statement. McLean will be back in court in February to face charges of engaging in torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying racehorses, as well as charges for corrupt conduct.