ON 16 December 2019, the Victorian Racing Tribunal considered 14 charges issued by Harness Racing Victoria stewards against formerly licensed trainer-driver George Schembri and seven charges against formerly licensed driver Taylah Schembri under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 241.
AHRR 241 states:
A person shall not in connection with any part of the harness racing industry do anything which is fraudulent or corrupt
The particulars of the charges relate to ‘Compulsory Driver’s Medical Examination’ documents submitted to HRV by Mr and Miss Schembri between 2012 and 2019, which were completed and signed by Mr Schembri, rather than a licensed Medical Practitioner.
Mr Schembri and Miss Schembri were found guilty of all charges.
After considering submissions on penalty from Amy Wood for the HRV Stewards and Bruce McNab for Mr and Miss Schembri, Mr Schembri was disqualified for 15 months and Miss Schembri was disqualified for 9 months.
Both disqualifications were deemed to commence on 1 September 2019, the date when Mr and Miss Schembri became unlicensed.
VRT Panel: Judge John Bowman (Chairman), Judge Graeme Hicks & Magistrate John Doherty.
The written decisions of the VRT can be found here.