Racing news: Horse names Lovin Deqoque, Get On Deqoque Racing Australia to take action, Darryl Ward, Bobby El-Issa

Racing Australia says it will work with the owner of two horses that ran in Queensland over the Christmas period with ”sexually explicit” names.

Racing bosses want to scrap the names of two horses owned by Darryl Ward which ran at Deagon in South East Queensland by the names of ”Lovin’ Deqoque” and “Get On Deqoque”.

Jockey Bobby El-IssaSource: AAP
Murwillumbah horse trainer Darryl Ward
Murwillumbah horse trainer Darryl WardSource: News Limited

”Lovin’ Deqoque” came fourth in Race 8 and “Get On Deqoque” ran second in Race 9.

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Like John Button, Darryl Beamish and Andrew Mallard, Scott Austic’s acquittal is another WA miscarriage of justice

The miscarriage of justice suffered by Scott Austic will go down in history as yet another botched murder investigation by WA Police that saw an innocent man spend years in jail for a crime he did not commit.

It will be listed alongside cases such as John Button, Darryl Beamish and the late Andrew Mallard — all of whom were found years later to have been wrongfully convicted of murder.

The cases all featured serious failures by police, who focused on the person they believed responsible, built a case against them, and failed to properly investigate other suspects.

John Button spent more than five years in jail after being wrongly convicted of killing his 17-year-old girlfriend by running her down with a car — a crime committed by notorious serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke.(ABC News)

At Scott Austic’s retrial, his barrister David Edwardson QC accused detectives of taking “a simplistic approach” and having “tunnel vision”.

“There was [a] mindset at the beginning that they had their man and it was that mindset … that laid the foundation for the conduct that ultimately condemned him,” he said.

Mr Austic was the lover of 35-year-old Stacey Thorne, who was 22 weeks pregnant with his child when she was brutally murdered at her Boddington home in 2007.

Defence alleged police corruption

Mr Edwardson claimed crucial evidence, including the alleged murder weapon, was planted by what he called “a small but corrupt” group of officers who were prepared to “cross the line”.

The allegations were categorically denied by the officers in question, and in his closing address to the jury state prosecutor Justin Whalley SC described them as “fantasy land”.

While the allegations were never proven by Mr Austic’s defence team, they didn’t have to be.

A kitchen table covered in a range of items including a cigarette packet, which is highlighted by a red circle.
A cigarette packet photographed at the crime scene was a key piece of evidence against Scott Austic that his defence team suggested had been planted.(Supplied)

It is a fundamental principle of the justice system that an accused person does not have to prove anything.

Instead, the onus is on the prosecution to prove its case.

But those allegations were enough to raise reasonable doubt among the 12 West Australians who served on the jury and found Scott Austic not guilty.

While Mr Austic and his family can now say justice has finally been done for him, the same cannot be said for Stacey Thorne, her unborn child, and her family members.

Many of them sat quietly in the public gallery throughout the three-week trial — but unlike Scott Austic, they have been left still seeking justice.

A tight head and shoulders shot of a smiling Stacey Thorne.
Stacey Thorne’s family are still left without answers following the acquittal of Mr Austic for her murder.(AAP: WA Police)

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