THE first trainer inquiry into alleged live-baiting activity in NSW was adjourned on Monday while Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) considers whether or not they should lay charges against registered person Zeke Kadir.
Kadir was represented at his inquiry by Paul O’Sullivan, the legal counsel who is also representing leading thoroughbred trainer Darren Smith who is embroiled in the cobalt crisis, currently gripping the horse racing industry.
Kadir is at the centre of the live-baiting scandal in NSW, with his break-in facility ‘Wilshire Park’ being the location where secret surveillance cameras were set up, catching trainers allegedly engaging in the practice of tying live animals to the lure as an incentive to get their greyhounds to chase. The footage was captured and aired on the ABC’s Four Corners program last month and since then a total of 11 registered participants have been suspended within the state.
The other inquiries are set to continue this week as outlined below:
- Donna Grech – Tuesday 31 March at 1pm
- Ian Morgan – Tuesday 31 March at 4pm
- John Cauchi – Wednesday 1 April at 10am
- David Sundstrom – Wednesday 1 April at 1pm
- Wayne Smith – Wednesday 1 April at 4pm
- Majella Ferguson – Thursday 9 April at 11am
Despite trainers currently being suspended in Victoria, NSW and Queensland, the only state to hand down decisions this stage is the latter. Thirty six registered persons have been stood down across the Sunshine State, with six of those since being banned for life.