Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Stewards Adjudicate on Punch-Up

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Stewards Adjudicate on Punch-Up

Article excerpt

A RACING official who was involved in a punch-up with a Central Queensland Labor candidate has been suspended from racetracks for three months.

Mike Brunker, the ALP candidate for Dawson and Mayor of the Whitsunday Regional Council, tussled with Bowen Turf Club president Cyril Vains a week before the federal election.

The pair had an argument about Mr Brunker's campaign boards being displayed at the racetrack's car park and entrance.

Following an inquiry on Tuesday, Racing Queensland stewards found Mr Vains had brought the organisation into disrepute.

Mr Vains received a three-month ban from attending racetracks in the region.

He told AAP he was mystified by the decision and had lodged an appeal.

"I was very surprised," he said. "I've lodged an appeal and it's in the hands of the legal people."

Mr Vains said the appeal process could last three weeks and he would apply for a stay on proceedings halting the suspension.

He said he had pressed charges against Mr Brunker and police had begun interviewing witnesses. …

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