David Rowan Fined And Disqualified For Failing To Attend Hearing

Offence : Failing to attend an Inquiry on Thursday, 8 May 2014, when directed to do so by the Stewards.

Report : The Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria propose to open an inquiry into certain conduct of Mr. David Rowan. The inquiry was called for on Thursday, 8 May 2014 at Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club.

Mr. Rowan failed to attend the inquiry. Stewards charged Mr. David Rowan with a breach of GAR86 (e) which provides that being an owner, trainer attendant or person having official duties in relation to greyhound racing, who refuses or fails to attend or give evidence or produce a document or other thing at an inquiry held pursuant to these Rules when directed by the Controlling Body, Stewards or the committee of a club to do so, commits an offence.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules, a breach of GAR86 (e) constitutes a Serious Offence.

As a result, on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.

Mr. David Rowan appeared via telephone for the hearing of the charge, however he was not available to hear the outcome after several attempts were made to call him.

Mr. David Rowan pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. David Rowan was guilty of failing to attend an Inquiry on Wednesday, 8 May 2014, when directed to do so by the Stewards.

He was fined the sum of $500 and disqualified for at least 1 month effective from midnight Wednesday, 28 May 2014 and (if necessary) thereafter until he attends an inquiry of the stewards to be scheduled within a reasonable time in relation to the matters the subject of their letter to him of 7 April 2014.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Rowan’s not guilty plea;
(d) Prior penalties for a similar charge;
(c) Mr. Rowan’s attitude in the hearing

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