VIC - Victoria Police Investigation - Kieran O'Keeffe

29 December 2017
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Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) provides this update in respect to Victoria Police issuing criminal charges against licensed driver Kieran O’Keeffe.

HRV Stewards gave Mr O’Keeffe the opportunity to provide submissions as to why action should not be taken against him under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) while his appeal regarding conviction and penalty is determined.

Mr O’Keeffe presented submissions to HRV Stewards, which have been considered along with all other relevant circumstances including the importance of protecting the integrity of and maintaining public confidence in the Victorian harness racing industry.

Following this consideration, in accordance with the provisions of AHRR 183(d), HRV Stewards have directed that Mr O’Keeffe’s drivers licence be suspended. HRV Stewards have not invoked AHRR 15(d), which would exclude Mr O’Keeffe from attending racetracks.

Mr O’Keeffe has been advised of his right to appeal this decision to the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board. Mr O'Keeffe has subsequently lodged an appeal and been granted a stay of proceedings until the appeal is determined.

With respect to the criminal charges, HRV is unable to make any further comment at this time.

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