President to appeal turf club ban

BOWEN Turf Club president Cyril Vains will appeal the Queensland Racing decision to ban him from any racetrack in the region for three months.

The ban came after his physical altercation with Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Mike Brunker during Mr brunker's Federal election campaign.

A steward's report stated that witnesses had seen Mr Vains throw the first punch at Mr Brunker after the two men became involved in an argument in the car park of Bowen Turf Club on August 14.

Mr Vains remains adamant that he never punched Mr Brunker and can not understand how he was disqualified from his own club's track.

“I have not punched Mr Brunker at any time,” Mr Vains said yesterday.

“I've signed a statuary declaration saying that.

“As I was the only one there, I was the only one to be punished.”

Mr Brunker said yesterday that he was pleased with the steward's decision and had pursued the matter with Bowen police upon his return to work as mayor on the Monday after the federal election.

“At the end of the day they took the evidence at hand and took my side of the story,” he said.

“I told the truth about what had happened on the day and if you are talking about the truth you are always on the right side of the law,” he said.

“He king hit me first. I'm now taking an assault charge out against him.

“I'm going to clear my name. I'll go to the highest court in the land to sort this out.”

Mr Vains said that he has been in discussions with his lawyers and would lodge an appeal.

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