THREATS of arson have resulted in a stablehand being suspended.
The Victorian Racing Tribunal has released its decision into a case involving Dylan Achison, which concluded last Friday.
After hearing evidence from both sides, including Achison’s “not guilty” plea, the tribunal found Achison had made threats of arson to trainer Joe Pace.
Achison’s actions stemmed from a disagreement between Pace and trainer Emma Stewart at Cranbourne on December 7.
Later in the evening Achison, who was employed by the Stewart stable, phoned Pace where he is alleged to have threatened to “burn down his stables and/or house”.
During the hearing it was declared: “The relevant test to be applied is the Briginshaw test of comfortable satisfaction.
“We are comfortably satisfied that you did make the threats that have been alleged and in so doing breached Rule 231 (1)(a). In short, we find the charge proven and we find you guilty of the offence. We will now hear from the parties on the question of penalty.”
Stewards recommended a three-month suspension, which the tribunal agreed was appropriate.
Achison’s sentence began on February 26.