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O.P. « 2016-Jul-08, 09:30 AM »


VIC - Social Media Inquiries Completed

04 July 2016


Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards today conducted inquiries into comments posted on social media by licensed persons Mr Anthony Chibnall, Mr John Croxford and Ms Joanne Justice.


Licensed Trainer – Anthony Chibnall

Stewards questioned Mr Chibnall regarding comments posted via his ‘Facebook’ account on Tuesday, 28 June 2016.

Upon consideration of the evidence tendered Stewards issued a charge against Mr Chibnall, to which he pleaded guilty, under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 248 which states:

A person shall not say, publish or write or cause to be said, published or written anything malicious, intimidatory or otherwise improper about the Controlling Body, its members and employees or the Stewards or anyone else associated with the harness racing industry.

The charge alleged Mr Chibnall made improper comments regarding a HRV licensed person on ‘Facebook’ on 28 June 2016.

In assessing penalty Stewards were mindful of the following factors:
•Mr Chibnall’s guilty plea and remorse shown;
•Mr Chibnall’s prior clear offence record;
•Previous penalties imposed under this rule;
•In posting the comments Mr Chibnall mistakenly believed the comments were private between himself and Mr Croxford and accepted private or otherwise they were unacceptable;
•The offensive language used;
•Mr Chibnall’s personal circumstances;
•The minimal impact a period of suspension would have on Mr Chibnall, given his limited involvement in the Harness Racing Industry;
•Deterrence factors both general and specific.

Stewards accordingly imposed a fine of $1,000 with a further $500 suspended for a period of 2 years providing Mr Chibnall does not reoffend under the conduct related rules during that time.

 

Licensed Stablehand – John Croxford

Stewards questioned Mr Croxford regarding comments posted via his ‘Facebook’ account on Tuesday, 28 June 2016.

Upon consideration of the evidence tendered Stewards issued a charge against Mr Croxford, to which he pleaded guilty, under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 248 which states:

A person shall not say, publish or write or cause to be said, published or written anything malicious, intimidatory or otherwise improper about the Controlling Body, its members and employees or the Stewards or anyone else associated with the harness racing industry.

The charge alleged Mr Croxford made improper comments regarding a HRV licensed person on ‘Facebook’ on 28 June 2016 when replying to a ‘Facebook’ post by Mr Anthony Chibnall.

In assessing penalty Stewards were mindful of the following factors:
•Mr Croxford’s guilty plea and remorse shown;
•Mr Croxford’s prior clear offence record;
•Previous penalties imposed under this rule;
•The conversation between Mr Chibnall and Mr Croxford was mistakenly believed to be private and Mr Croxford acknowledged that private or otherwise the comments were unacceptable;
•Mr Croxford was not the instigator of the conversation;
•The offensive language implied in Mr Croxford’s comments;
•Mr Croxford’s personal circumstances;
•Deterrence factors both general and specific

Stewards accordingly imposed a fine of $500 with a further $250 suspended for a period of 2 years providing Mr Croxford does not reoffend under the conduct related rules during that time.

 

Licensed Trainer/Driver – Joanne Justice

Stewards questioned Ms Justice regarding comments posted via her ‘Twitter’ account on Monday, 27 June 2016.

Upon consideration of the evidence tendered Stewards issued a charge against Ms Justice, to which she pleaded guilty, under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 248 which states:

A person shall not say, publish or write or cause to be said, published or written anything malicious, intimidatory or otherwise improper about the Controlling Body, its members and employees or the Stewards or anyone else associated with the harness racing industry.

The charge alleged Ms Justice made improper comments regarding a HRV licensed person via her ‘Twitter’ account on 27 June 2016.

In assessing penalty Stewards were mindful of the following factors:
•Ms Justice’s guilty plea and remorse shown;
•Ms Justice’s prior clear offence record;
•Ms Justice’s personal circumstances;
•Deterrence factors both general and specific

Stewards accordingly imposed a fine of $300 with a further $200 suspended for a period of 2 years providing Ms Justice does not reoffend under the conduct related rules during that time.

HRV Stewards place the industry on further notice that improper conduct from one licensed person towards another will be not tolerated, whether in person, or via social media and significant penalties will continue to be applied.


No details as to what comments were made in the above cases ....but anyone using Facebook Twitter or other platforms who think their musings are protected now know the walls have ears and eyes.

Giddy Up :beer:



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