Stewards on the 27 of April, 2014, conducted an Inquiry into comments posted by Ms. Sarah Bolger on the website “Facebook” on or around the 21 of March, 2014.
Stewards took evidence from Ms. Sarah Bolger and Ms. Yvette Howard.
After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Ms. Bolger with a breach of rule 86(q), in that she did post comments on the website “Facebook” which in the opinion of Stewards was detrimental to the interest, image and promotion of Greyhound Racing.
Ms. Bolger pleaded guilty to the charge.
Stewards found Ms. Bolger guilty and issued her with a suspension of two months, wholly suspended for a period of twelve months, pending no further breaches of GAR 86(q).
When assessing penalty, Stewards took into consideration that Ms. Bolger removed the posts, her relative inexperience in the industry and her personal circumstances.