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Leo Molloy fined $15,000 and banned from racing for a year after calling official 'racist ****'
31 Jul, 2020 5:00am
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Auckland businessman Leo Molloy, 63, will not be able to attend any NZ race meetings for the next 12 months, and has been fined $15,000. Photo / Michael Craig
By: Tom Dillane
Tom Dillane is a reporter at the New Zealand Herald
Prominent Auckland businessman Leo Molloy has been fined $15,000 and banned from the racing industry for one year after calling a senior racing official a "racist ****" online.
Molloy yesterday fronted a Judicial Control Authority hearing at Ellerslie Racecourse for a comment he made in an online forum about Neil Grimstone - a senior official in the New Zealand Racing Integrity Unit (RIU).
Molloy was charged with calling Grimstone a "callous racist ****" on the Race Cafe forum on March 13.
The RUI took Molloy to the Judicial Control Authority for breaking the 'insulting and abusive conduct' clause of the Rules of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Inc.
Following a three-hour hearing yesterday morning, Molloy was fined $5000, and ordered to pay $7000 to RIU and $3000 to the Judicial Control Authority, to cover its legal costs.
The 63-year-old owner of Auckland restaurant Headquarters was also banned from attending any New Zealand race meetings - or competing in them as an owner or trainer - for one year.
"It is what it is. I'm not greatly bothered," Molloy told the Herald.
Molloy has part ownership in only one racehorse now, but was an apprentice jockey as a teenager and spent many years training racehorses in the 2000s.
Yesterday morning, the Judicial Control Authority for racing excluded the Herald from attending the hearing - as well as around half-a-dozen of Molloy's friends and supporters.
Cheers Leo ....