A DISGRACED former greyhound trainer has walked free from jail after being handed down a suspended sentence for his role in the live baiting scandal which shook the greyhound racing fraternity to its core.
Tom Noble was at the centre of the controversy aired on the ABC’s Four Corners program titled Making A Killing in February 2015, having owned and operated the training track where several leading identities were caught on secret surveillance footage using live animals tied to a lure to entice their greyhounds to chase, catch and kill.
Appearing at Ipswich District Court on Tuesday facing 15 counts of animal cruelty, Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren sentenced Noble to three years in prison with a five-year suspension.
Factors in the sentence were said to be Noble’s age, health and his role as the sole and primary career for his sick wife, with Judge Horneman-Wren ruling that he did not believe Noble should spend time behind bards, despite the overwhelming evidence stacked against him.
“In my view – taking all the matters to which I have referred into account – the appropriate sentence is one of three years’ imprisonment. However, for the reasons to which I have referred, I am not of the view that the purposes of sentencing require an actual period of incarceration,” Horneman-Wren ruled.
Noble told media prior to the sentencing that he believed he would spend some time incarcerated for the charges, however upon walking free he offered no further comment.