Stewards alleged that Mr. Vass engaged in improper conduct towards Greyhound Racing Victoria Steward Mrs. Catherine Scarlett and improper conduct towards Greyhound Racing Victoria Steward Mr. Carl Scott in the kennel area of the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 6 November 2013.
Following incidents at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 6 November 2013, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.
During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from Mr. Tony Vass (Trainer), Mrs. Catherine Scarlett (GRV Steward), Ms. Angela Langton (Trainer), Ms. Jacquie Wright (Club employee) and Mr. Carl Scott (GRV Steward).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Vass with a breach of GAR86 (f) (i) which provides that a person shall be guilty of 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 a Steward.
Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules, a breach of GAR86 (f) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Friday, 13 November 2013 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.
Mr. Tony Vass did not attend the Hearing. He provided a written statement to the RADB.
After considering Mr. Vass written statement, other communications provided to the RADB and submissions from Mr. Fish, the RADB determined to proceed with the Hearing in the absence of Mr. Vass and entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to both charges.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Vass was guilty of both charges. He was fined $500 on each charge with $250 of each fine wholly suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of Rule GAR86(f) during this period, effective from today.