Greyhound Racing Victoria have just released details of a stewards inquiry conducted last week that has seen Warrnambool greyhound trainer Neville Grey "warned off" for life.
GRV stewards charged Mr Grey with the charge of engaging in "conduct between 19th December 2010 and 14th March 2011, which in the opinion of the stewards was improper and constituted misconduct" in relation to greyhound racing.
Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on 4th July, 2012, this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.1 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.
Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mr. Grey did not appear. Mr Fish stated that Mr. Grey had previously advised him by telephone that he would not be appearing at the hearing. The RADB, being satisfied that Mr. Grey had been advised of the date, time and venue of the hearing, determined to conduct the hearing in Mr. Grey’s absence.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB found Mr. Grey guilty as charged and disqualified him and warned him off all Victorian Greyhound Tracks for life, effective 4th July, 2012.
The charges and subsequent penalty stem from a Warrnambool County Court hearing earlier this year, having pleaded guilty to two counts of committing an indecent act with a girl aged under 16 years and one charge of stalking.
Grey was convicted and received a six-month jail sentence which was suspended for two years.
He was also placed on a two-year community corrections order which includes conditions he undertake a sex offender’s program, not attend race meetings and he has to complete 100 hours of community work.
Crown prosecutor Andrew Barnett said previously Grey and the victim were involved in racing and that between mid-December 2010 and mid-January 2011 the defendant touched the girl’s genitals and breasts over her clothes in two separate incidents.
In March last year, Grey attended a sporting function where the girl was playing and later went to her home several times. He also called her mobile telephone nine times.
The incidents were reported to police on March 14 last year and Grey was arrested the following day.
In a victim impact statement that the girl stated that "she could no longer go to races because people looked at her like she had done something wrong". She said that before the offending she was the happiest person but now found life very difficult and her whole family had fallen apart.
As well as a local Warrnambool greyhound trainer, Grey was a community volunteer, family man and had spent the past 41 years working at the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory.