DISGRACED greyhound trainer John Cauchi has been banned for life by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) for his part in the live baiting scandal.
Cauchi was one of the trainers caught on secret surveillance video live-baiting his greyhounds on the ABC’s infamous Four Corners program titled ‘Making A Killing’ which went to air in February 2015.
After the revelations, Cauchi was found guilty of a total of nine offences under both the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (NSW).
The offences, which occurred on January 29, 2015, and February 11, 2015, related to engaging in live baiting and the keeping of rabbits to be used for live baiting.
Cauchi is currently serving an 18 month custodial sentence with a non-parole period of nine months.
Cauchi was subsequently charged by GRNSW on April 15, 2016, with a breach of GAR 86B(1)(g), which relates to a person using or having in their possession any live animal, animal carcass or part of an animal which could be used in connection with greyhound racing.
Cauchi entered a guilty plea to the breach of GAR 86B(1)(g) on July 12, 2016.
Upon considering an appropriate penalty, stewards noted the starting point is a mandatory disqualification of 10 years.
However, stewards believed that the sport of greyhound racing should not be associated with persons engaging in live baiting and decided to implement a life ban from all aspects of greyhound racing.
As a result, John Cauchi has been warned off as of July 21, 2016.
Cauchi is set to be released on parole on December 31, 2016.