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Munce 2.5 Years Jail In HK Race Tips Trial
Australian jockey Chris Munce was found guilty of conspiracy in Hong Kong yesterday & sentenced to 2.5 years in jail at the conclusion of the headline-hogging tips-for-bets trial. Munce was charged with illegally providing tips to middle-man Dinesh Daswani, who placed bets on behalf of local businessman Andy Lau. Munce was arrested by Independent Commission Against Corruption officers in July last year with HK$250,000 (A$40,000) cash (& a piece of paper with notations relating to bets on races in which he'd tipped horses) stuffed in the pockets of his jeans. Munce's lawyer John McNamara argued that while Munce had breached racing rules, he had not committed a criminal offence; but Justice Kevin Browne replied Munce was guilty of criminality by "selling secret information by virtue of giving tips".