Wednesday, 20 June 2012
: Perth stewards have disqualified apprentice Melissa Milner for seven months after she pleaded guilty to a charge of improper behaviour at Leonora races on June 2.
She was charged after stewards inquired into a report received from the ChemCentre (Perth) in regard to the presence of banned substances in the urine sample submitted by Milner at Leonora.
Evidence was taken from Milner who was accompanied by her mother and licensed trainer Wendy Boyd.
Milner pleaded guilty to a charge of providing a urine sample at the Leonora meeting on Saturday June 2 which was found upon analysis to contain the banned substances Amphetamine and Methylamphetamine.
Milner also pleaded guilty to a charge of an improper action in that after being requested to provide a sample of her urine when riding at the Leonora meeting on June 2 she solicited another apprentice to provide her with a sample of her urine with the intention of substituting it for her own.
Milner had her permit to ride suspended in full for a period of nine months, effective from when was initially stood down from riding on June 3 on the second charge.
Stewards directed that this penalty may be varied at their discretion following the satisfactory completion of drug and alcohol counselling, the provision of a clear urine sample by Milner and progress reports.
She was disqualified for a period of seven months effective immediately on the first charge.
In considering these penalties, the stewards took into account the seriousness of the offences, Milner's guilty pleas and her level of remorse, and her willingness to receive counseling.
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