Not guilty pleas in pony deaths

Pleas of not guilty have been tendered in relation to the deaths of 16 horses transported on the Spirit of Tasmania.

The ponies were found dead in late January last year after trip back to the mainland from a polo event at Barnbougle.

As a result of an investigation by the Department of Primary Industries, former Captain of Australia's polo team Andrew Williams, along with Thomas Martin were charged over the animal's transportation. 

They have both pleaded not guilty and the cases are adjourned to November 7th at Devonport Magistrates Court.

State owned TT Line, which runs the Spirit of Tasmania service, is also on charges in the case, but has made no plea, adjourned until the same date.