Top jockey Jamie Kah has had a major victory in her fight against a charge stemming from a white-powder scandal, as her co-accused lost her own fight.
The Victorian star was charged by racing stewards alongside stablehand Ruby McIntyre after a probe into pictures taken at Kah’s home.
The images, depicting the pair with what appeared to be a plate of white powder, were circulated on social media this year.
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Stewards alleged McIntyre recorded and later shared images of Kah using an identification card to arrange a substance into three lines during the gathering in June.
But Kah was found not guilty by a tribunal and the charge was unanimously dismissed on Friday.
Jamie Kah has won her fight. Credit: Getty Images
Kah’s lawyers had argued she was not aware McIntyre, who she had only met for the first time on the night of the incident, had filmed and shared the images.
The panel agreed, with Judge John Bowman saying they were “not so satisfied (Kah’s) behaviour was immature, irresponsible and reckless” to the point that they could find she had breached the rules.
McIntyre, meanwhile, was found guilty in a separate unanimous verdict.
It was decided she was reckless in capturing Kah — a high-profile racing figure — and sharing the photos that were later leaked to media.
McIntyre’s penalty will be decided at a hearing on January 18.
Kah and McIntyre had both pleaded not guilty.
– with AAP