Racing NSW stewards disqualified suspended far North Coast trainer Kevin Randall over welfare and misconduct charges.
The former Casino-based trainer hadn’t trained since being stood down by stewards following a stable raid in August last year.
A detection dog located an “electronic or electric device” in the raid on the stable. Randall was also charged over a misconduct offence.
He pleaded guilty to having in his “possession an electric or electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of a horse in a race, official trial, jump-out or training gallop” while he pleaded not guilty but stewards found him guilty of the misconduct charge.
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The particulars of the misconduct charge were “Mr Randall did engage in the sexual harassment of a staff member whilst employed and/or engaged and/or participating in the racing industry by subjecting her to unsolicited acts of physical intimacy in that between February 2020 and 16 April 2020 in that he did on a number of occasions place his hand on her leg whilst travelling with her between her place of residence and his registered stable premises. Such physical intimacy being unsolicited and/or unwelcome and made in circumstances where a reasonable person would have anticipated the possibility the staff member would have been offended and/or humiliated and/or intimidated by the unsolicited act of physical intimacy”.
The disgraced trainer also pleaded guilty to two counts of employing unregistered staff members.
Randall was handed two disqualification penalties.
He was banned for two years and three months over the electronic or electric device found in the stable and six month for his misconduct.
Stewards ruled the penalties be served concurrently and his license is disqualified until May 28, 2023.
Originally published asDetection dog find gets trainer disqualified
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