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« 2019-Sep-25, 08:43 AM Reply #75 »
Acquitted of race-fixing
A BRISBANE horse trainer has been acquitted of fixing a race so that another horse could beat her own.

Vicki Louis Rasmussen pleaded not guilty at her Brisbane District Court trial to facilitating a match-fixing arrangement in relation to a sporting event for the purpose of obtaining a pecuniary benefit for any person.

The allegation had stemmed from Race 2 at Albion Park in July 2017. Justice John Coker yesterday directed the jury to find Rasmussen not guilty, on the basis there was no evidence upon which they could find beyond a reasonable doubt that Rasmussen facilitated a match-fixing arrangement.

A trial continues for Shane Robert Graham, who drove trotter Dapper to victory over Rasmussenís second-placed January.

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« 2019-Sep-25, 05:58 PM Reply #76 »
Queensland match-fixing trial nears close
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Shane Graham has pleaded not guilty to match fixing charges stemming from a race in 2017.
Shane Graham has pleaded not guilty to match fixing charges stemming from a race in 2017.
A leading Queensland trotting driver allegedly tipped the owner of a rival horse to back another horse instead of his own in order to gain half of the winnings from the bet.

However, Shane Robert Graham has pleaded not guilty to two charges of match fixing in the Brisbane District Court.

Graham, driving Dapper, allegedly phoned his friend and rival horse January's owner Peter Poulsen, saying Dapper would win race 2 at Albion Park on 28 July 2017.

Graham drove his father's horse to victory over January, who was trained by his long-term partner at the time, Vicki Louis Rasmussen, and driven by a young man who worked for them, Leonard Cain.

Ms Rasmussen was also accused of match fixing, but the case against her has been dropped.

The Crown alleges Graham and Mr Cain conspired to allow Dapper to win the race.

They say Graham fixed the race because it was common for him to share tips with Mr Poulsen and get half of the winnings if the horses his friend backed won.

"Mr Graham has a financial interest in the information because of the relationship with Mr Poulsen," crown prosecutor Noel Needham said on Wednesday.

Graham testified on Tuesday he had known Mr Poulsen for 10 to 15 years, had driven pacers for him and would call him up with a tip.

On Wednesday, he said he received a 50-50 share of Mr Poulsen's winnings in return for betting tips.

The jury heard that after race 2, Graham made a phone call saying he and Mr Poulsen had "picked up three grand".

But defence barrister Michael Copley QC said the phone call was Graham talking about race tactics, not race fixing.

Mr Copley said the lack of appearance in the trial by the driver who allegedly fixed the race with Graham meant the prosecution was relying on circumstances to say there was a match-fixing agreement.

But the Crown said inferences could be drawn that Graham fed information to Mr Poulsen on the expectation of gaining 50 per cent of his friend's betting winnings from the tip.

The jury is considering its verdict.

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The jury retired around 1pm and I'm told it was due to reconvene at 4.45 but no word yet if they have reached a verdict...the only race discussed was the one above and none of the stewards saw anything suspicious........... the phone intercepts didn't mention any fix and the punter was only told "to have something on it" ..he also had a $200 saver on his own horse.

Late this afternoon the jury was given the option of carrying on or going home no surprise they opted for going home ...required to be back again at 9am tomorrow.


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« 2019-Sep-26, 06:28 PM Reply #77 »
Jury discharged in Qld harness racer case
By AAP
3:22pm Sep 26, 2019

A jury has been discharged after it was unable to reach a verdict over allegations a top Queensland harness driver's 2017 race victory was fixed
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Shane Robert Graham has faced trial over two match-fixing charges in the Brisbane District Court this week.

On Thursday the jury was unable to reach a unanimous or majority verdict and was discharged.

The case was adjourned to October 8.

Graham's charges date back to Race 2 at Albion Park on July 28, 2017.

His bail was extended.

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Unbelievable that this case has dragged on for 4 days and the jury can't agree ...........on the face of it the evidence is very weak .....very surprised the jury didn't vote to acquit.
I think it's likely that the jury ....some if not all..... don't have any connection or understanding of  harness racing otherwise they would have had no difficulty in coming to a decision..I feel for Shane Graham out of action for all this time and it's still not over...hopefully the DPP will decide not to proceed with another trial.

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« 2019-Oct-04, 09:28 PM Reply #78 »
The Daily Law list for the District Court on Tuesday  has a dozen or more names of persons listed for mention before Judge Dick at 9.30am ...the one named Graham I assume is Shane Graham charged with match fixing over a trotting race at Albion Park .....the alleged co-conspiritors have both been acquitted ..... having followed the case and being aware of the evidence such as it is  IMO it would be a major injustice  if the Crown continues the prosecution against him.....the jury was discharged by the Judge when it couldn't agree  and the matter was relisted for 8 October...... Graham  has already paid a significant price having been suspended immediately the charge was laid and is understood to have been a truck driver for the period which is just short of two years.

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« 2020-Feb-11, 11:51 AM Reply #79 »
As expected  the case of race fixing against Shane Graham has been thrown out by Judge Julie Dick in the District Court today .....the learned judge finding he had no case to answer ..the evidence was dreadfully weak ....  the QRIC steward who gave evidence admitted there was nothing suspicious about the race ...this prosecution should never have been brought .......Shane Graham is the last of the four persons allegedly involved in fixing the race won by Dapper way back in 2017 ...to be discharged .....the others Leonard Cain ...Vicki Rasmussen and owner Peter Poulsen were previously discharged......Graham has been through 5 or 6 days of trials at considerable expense he should now be re-licensed and permitted to pick up the pieces and resume his career in harness racing.


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« 2020-Apr-29, 08:22 PM Reply #80 »
Another prosecution withdrawn earlier this week  ......putting another zero on the prosecutor's cockpit......despite a lot of bravado when the claims of match fixing were made ..................the results have not born out the inference of endemic corruption ..mostly the charges failed and were thrown out due to insufficient evidence....only a few successful prosecutions resulted.... one resulted in the court imposing a $5000 fine but no time in chokey and the licensee disqualified for life by QRIC.

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