On Wednesday, Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards conducted an inquiry conducted an inquiry into the alleged conduct of licensee Garry Bevan in relation to a phone call he made to the RQ Greyhound Grading Staff on Friday 6th December 2013. Mr. Bevan contacted the office regarding the grading of his greyhounds for the Rockhampton meeting on the Wednesday 11 December 2013.
After considering the explanation given by Mr. Bevan, Stewards issued a charge against him pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 86 (f) (IV).
GAR 86 (f) (IV) reads:
A person shall be guilty of an offence if the person engages in, publishes or causes to be published, broadcasts or causes to be broadcast, the use of any contemptuous, unseemly, improper, insulting, or offensive language, conduct or behaviour in any manner or form towards, or in relation to any other person having official duties in relation to greyhound racing.
The specifics of the charge being that on the 6th December 2013, Mr. Bevan engaged in a phone call to the Racing Queensland Greyhound Grading Office in Brisbane and did use offensive language towards the grading staff over the grading of his two (2) greyhounds for the Rockhampton Greyhound meeting for the 11 December 2013.
Mr. Bevan pleaded guilty to the charge and made submissions relevant to penalty.
When assessing an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into consideration and Mr. Bevan’s excellent record over 30 years of training. Stewards were also mindful that behaviour such as this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Mr. Bevan was subsequently fined $400. Stewards ordered that $200 be suspended for a period of 12 months, on the condition that Mr Bevan does not commit any further breaches for a similar offence.
Mr Bevan was advised of his appeal rights.