GAR 86 (f) (iii): A person (including an official) 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 the Controlling Body, or a member of the Controlling Body.
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) advises that the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal has ruled on the appeal of registered attendant Ms Susan Absalom against penalties imposed by GRNSW stewards for breaches of GAR 14 (6) and GAR 86 (f) (iii) following an incident after the Richmond meeting on 7 May 2014. Ms Absalom had pleaded not guilty to the charges following an inquiry on 17 June 2014.
Ms Absalom appealed against the penalties imposed on her of a four month disqualification on each charge. The appeal hearing was conducted on 14 November 2014.
Upon an amended plea on the charge under GAR 14 (6) the tribunal altered the period of disqualification to a suspension of six weeks. The appeal on the charge under GAR 86 (f) (iii) was upheld on technical grounds.
The tribunal ruled that Ms Absalom’s appeal deposit be partly refunded.
Without knowing specifics of the situation, it is hard to pass comment on the severity of the sentence originally handed down by Greyhound Racing New South Wales, although it does seem harsh to impose a four month disqualification when other cases of misconduct have simply resulted in fines. However, it is not the first time that Ms. Absalom has been involved in an inquiry. In 2012 she was at the centre of a racing integrity investigation after making comments at a Wentworth Park meeting towards members of GRNSW.