The independent Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) heard the matter of Mr Christopher Connolly today. Greyhound Racing Victoria Stewards laid 6 charges against Mr Connolly in respect of allegations of live baiting at the Tooradin Trial Track on 18 November 2014. The charges were for serious offences contrary to Local Rule 18.5 and GAR 86(af). Mr Connolly did not appear before the RADB. GRV understands that Mr Connolly returned to Ireland in February.
Upon consideration of the matter and the submissions on behalf of the Stewards, the RADB found Mr Connolly guilty on all charges and imposed a penalty of life disqualification for the charges that Stewards sought a penalty on.
Mr Connolly is the second person found guilty of live baiting at the Tooradin Trial Track following the RADB finding against Anthony Mills last week. The RADB has deferred its decision on a penalty for Mr Mills until a later date. Hearings for a further seven persons charges with live baiting related offenses are due to be heard by the RADB in coming weeks.
Full details from today’s hearing will be released by the RADB shortly.