Horse-racing syndicate taken for a ride

19:32, Mar 03 2014

A 52-year-old Springlands man was sentenced to four months' community detention and 200 hours' community work on three dishonesty charges yesterday.

Terrence Charles Proctor earlier pleaded guilty to the charges of theft, using a computer system to obtain pecuniary advantage, and using a document to obtain pecuniary advantage.

Judge David Ongley said Proctor was in a horse-racing syndicate and had access to an account, which the 15 members put money into to pay a horse trainer.

Proctor immediately began transferring money from the syndicate account into his own account.

The trainer was not paid, and was owed more than $5000 by the syndicate.

Proctor stole $9468 before the offending was discovered, but Judge Ongley said the serious matter was the breach of trust.


Proctor had tried to resolve the matter through restorative justice but it was unsuccessful, the judge said.

"You had good intentions with restorative justice, [but it] unfortunately only made matters worse . . . you made promises that failed to deliver because you didn't have a realistic prospect of delivering your promises."

Judge Ongley also ordered that Proctor paid reparations of $10,847.


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