Gun licence revoked

July 12, 2017

A Seymour trainer has been revoked of his firearm and Racing Victoria fined him $5000 licence following an incident last year.

Mark Thomas pleaded guilty to starting a verbal argument with trainer Shannon Hope on the morning of October 9 at the Seymour stables of Hope and his father Lee.

Thomas was in possession of a rifle at the time, although he said at the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearing last Thursday the gun was not loaded.

Deputy chairman Brian Forrest presided over the hearing and said the altercation was not reported to police, but came to light in April this year when stewards were investigating a separate incident between Thomas and Hope at the Seymour racecourse in February.

Forrest said Thomas brought up the October incident with stewards in April.

Hope is facing a charge of improper conduct from the incident at the racecourse, but the board is yet to hear the case.

Forrest said Thomas had showed genuine remorse after starting an argument with Hope, with the deputy chairman taking character references into account.

It is Thomas’ first breach of the racing rules since he has had a trainer’s licence.

As a result of the improper conduct charge, Forrest said a suspension of Thomas’ training licence would not be necessary, with the trainer accepting Victoria Police’s decision to cancel his firearm licence.

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