Weekes Cleared Of Corrupt Conduct Charges
CENTRAL west trainer Gus Weekes has been found not guilty of engaging in corrupt conduct relating to an event at Bathurst in 2021.
CENTRAL west trainer Augustus ‘Gus' Weekes has been found not guilty of engaging in corrupt conduct relating to an event at Bathurst greyhounds in June, 2021.
On Friday morning, Weekes faced Orange Court where he was exonerated of all four charges after it was alleged he used corrupt conduct to bet on an event and engaged in corrupt conduct to determine the outcome of an event.
The race in question was at Bathurst in June, 2021 when the Weekes-trained Winlock Lloyd finished near the rear of the field when favourite.
Weekes was first charged by NSW Police after the alleged activity was uncovered by detectives while investigating a separate matter in 2021.
During the hearing, it was alleged Weekes, 65, gave alcohol to Winlock Lloyd before a race and subsequently wagered a successful $4000 bet on another runner in the race.
But in handing down his verdict, Magistrate David Day found that there was "reasonable doubt" as to whether Weekes gave the greyhound alcohol adding that it was up to the prosecution to establish guilt "beyond reasonable doubt."
Following news of the police probe in 2021, Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC) stewards stood Weekes down, handing the Molong-based trainer an interim-suspension while the matter played out before courts.
Following Friday morning's not guilty verdict, a GWIC spokesperson said they "would consider all the relevant material” from the court hearing before making any further determinations on the matter and Weekes' interm-suspension.