Mr. Jason Goldsworthy did in relation to greyhound racing on 1 January 2014 smoke methamphetamine in the kennel address of Mr. Brian Barnsley whilst the greyhound Rouw was present, which in the opinion of stewards was improper or constitutes misconduct.
Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from greyhound Rouw at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 1 January 2014.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Brian Barnsley, Mr. Jason Goldsworthy (Owner), Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Jason Goldsworthy with a breach of GAR86 (o) in that in relation to greyhound racing on 1 January 2014 he did smoke methamphetamine in the kennel area of the property of Mr. Brian Barnsley whilst the greyhound Rouw was present, which in the opinion of stewards was improper or constitutes misconduct.
Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules, a breach of GAR86 (o) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 23 June 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. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mr. Jason Goldsworthy did not attend and a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.
After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Jason Goldsworthy was guilty as charged and was disqualified for 2 years, effective from Monday, 23 June 2014.
In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) The nature of the prohibited substance Methamphetamine;
(b) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing;
(c) Prior penalties for similar offences;
(d) Denunciation of Mr. Goldsworthy’s conduct in the circumstances.