Offence: Mr. Wayne Wrout did strike a greyhound on multiple occasions to the head with a clenched fist, at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club trial session conducted on Tuesday, 21 May 2013, which in the opinion of stewards was improper and constituted misconduct.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Wayne Wrout, Mr. Adam Bailey (GRV employee) Ms. Angela Rowland (Club employee) and Mr. Daryl Keirl (Club employee).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Wrout with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 86 (o) which provides that a a person shall be guilty of an offence if the person has in relation to a greyhound or greyhound racing, done a thing, or omitted to do a thing, which in the opinion of the Stewards or the Controlling Body, as the case may be, is negligent, dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent or improper, or constitutes misconduct.
Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 3 February 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. Wayne Wrout did not attend the hearing.
Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) with the assistance of Dianne Pyers represented the Stewards Panel.
The RADB entered a not guilty plea of behalf of Mr. Wayne Wrout.
After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR86 (o), the RADB determined that Mr. Wrout was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 3 months (wholly suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR86(o) or AR106(1)(2) during this 12 month period), plus a fine of $500, both effective from Monday, 3 February 2014.