Denis Lyons Suspended For Six Months And Fined $500

Offence : The greyhound “Kid Richard” was left unattended in the car park on a day of extreme heat, at Greyhound Racing Club on Sunday, 2 February 2014.

Following an Inquiry into the circumstances relating to the greyhound “Kid Richard” being left unattended in the car park on a day of extreme heat, at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Sunday, 2 February 2014, the of Greyhound Racing conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered trainer Mr. Denis Lyons. After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Denis Lyons with a breach of GAR86 (d) in that a person being an owner, trainer, attendant or person having official duties in relation to greyhound racing, makes a false or misleading statement in relation to an investigation, examination, test or inquiry, or makes or causes to be made a falsification in a document in connection with greyhound racing or the registration of a greyhound.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Local , a breach of GAR86 (d) constitutes a Serious Offence.

As a result, on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.

Mr. Denis Lyons represented himself via telephone.

Mr. (GRV Chief ) represented the Stewards .

Mr. Denis Lyons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the determined that Mr. Denis Lyons was guilty of making a false and misleading statement to Stewards officiating at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Sunday, 2 February 2014, pertaining to the circumstances surrounding the greyhound “Kid Richard” which was left unattended in a vehicle in the car park on a day of extreme heat.

He was fined the sum of $500 and disqualified for 6 months to be served after the completion of his current 6 month disqualification.

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