The Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria proposed to open an inquiry into certain conduct of Mr. Geoffrey Johnson. The inquiry was scheduled for Friday, 12 September 2014.
Mr. Johnson failed to attend the inquiry. Stewards charged Mr. Johnson 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 Tuesday, 21 October 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.
Mr. Geoffrey Johnson did not appear at the hearing.
Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel. The RADB entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Mr. Johnson.
After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Geoffrey Johnson was guilty of failing to attend an Inquiry on Friday, 12 September 2014, when directed to do so by the Stewards.
Mr. Johnson was fined the sum of $500 and his registration suspended until he appears at a Stewards inquiry. The Stewards provided assurance that an inquiry date will be fixed in a reasonable time.
In assessing the penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) Mr. Johnsons’ failure to attend Stewards inquiries; and
(b) Mr. Johnsons’ failure to attend RADB hearings today and 25 August 2014.
Each of the above representing a disregard for his obligations and the provision of no explanation for his behavior.