Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Stewards have issued their first set of charges against seven of the fifteen persons implicated in the allegations of live baiting at the Tooradin Trial Track. The persons charged with offences contrary to the GRV Local Racing Rules and Greyhounds Australasia Rules are: Christopher Connolly, Dennis Dean, Brett Mackie, Darren McDonald, Anthony Mills, Jon Roberts and Eric Sykes.
Stewards have laid a total of thirty-three charges with the majority of the charges laid relating to “serious offences” under the GRV Local Racing Rules and Greyhounds Australasia Rules. Accordingly, the independent Greyhound Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) will hear and determine the charges for these “serious offences”.
“There has been a need to do a thorough and comprehensive investigation into all matters associated with the alleged activities at the Tooradin Trial Track which is why the investigation has taken the time it has,” GRV Chairman Ray Gunston said.
“Where persons are found to have been involved in this heinous activity, we are determined to ensure the strongest possible penalty is handed down.”
“There is absolutely and categorically no place for people within this sport that are proven to have been involved in such barbaric and disgraceful activities that are not befitting of industry and community values.”
The RADB is yet to set a timetable for the hearing and determination of the matters.
Investigations by Stewards are continuing into the actions of a further eight suspended persons.