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RWWA Hand Down Four Month Disqualification For Northam Cup Day Misconduct

RWWA Hand Down Four Month Disqualification For Northam Cup Day Misconduct

RWWA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into an incident involving Owner/Trainer Mr Michael Hine, which occurred in the public area during the race meeting conducted at Greyhounds WA Northam on Monday 1st October 2012 (Northam Cup Day).

Evidence was heard from Mr M Hine and RWWA Stewards Graham O’Dea and Chris Courtland.

Mr Hine pleaded guilty to a charge under R86(o) for misconduct with the particulars of the charge being that Mr Hine swore several times in a loud manner and punched a glass window pane causing it to break whilst in the public area during the race meeting.

Mr Hine was disqualified for a period of four months with immediate effect, expiring at midnight on the 10th February 2013.

When considering penalty, the Stewards took into account the following:

  • The circumstances leading up to Mr Hine’s misconduct on the day.
  • Mr Hine’s personal circumstances.
  • Mr Hine’s guilty plea, frank and forthright admissions and remorse.
  • The seriousness and circumstances of the offence.
  • Mr Hine’s undertaking to fully re-imburse the club for the property damage caused.

Further investigations and inquiries in relation to the conduct of other licensed persons on Northam Cup Day are continuing.

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Kevin is a second-generation greyhound industry participant with more than 40 years experience as a greyhound owner, breeder, trainer, syndicator, broker and journalist. Kevin founded Australian Racing Greyhound in 2007 and fulfilled the role of Executive Editor of ARG's expanding team of journalists until 2015. Kevin is now CEO of Race Media, which owns and publishes Australian Racing Greyhound. Kevin brings a wealth of background knowledge and external experience to Australian Racing Greyhound. That, coupled with his intimate knowledge of the greyhound industry and a large and diverse range of industry contacts, brings a unique perspective and insight to Australian greyhound racing.