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Australian champion jockey Chris Munce to serve sentence in Sydney

Australian champion jockey Chris Munce to serve sentence in Sydney

Disgraced champion jockey Chris Munce will return to Australia to serve the remainder of his sentence for taking payoffs for racing tips, a government spokeswoman said Saturday.
The Australian federal government had signed off on the paperwork to bring Munce home under a bilateral prisoner transfer agreement with Hong Kong, a spokeswoman for Justice Minister David Johnston said.
The Australian authorities are waiting for their counterparts in Hong Kong to do the same which will require the approval from the Chinese government, she added.
"The (federal) government hasn't had any indication it won't happen," said the spokeswoman who spoke on the agency's customary condition of anonymity.
"But we don't know how long it will take."
The former Melbourne Cup winner was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in a Hong Kong prison in March for accepting advantages in return for providing tips to a Hong Kong businessman from December 2005 and May 2006.
He was found carrying a betting slip and HK$250,000 (US$32,100; euro23,500) in cash stuffed in his jeans pockets when he was arrested on July 3, 2006, by Hong Kong's anti-graft agency, according to court testimony.
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported Saturday that the deal to transfer Munce was "only resolved in the past few days" after family friends raised an estimated 10,000 Australian dollars (US$8,160; euro5,990) to pay for two prison officers to escort Munce back home.
Munce will serve out the remainder of his jail terms in a minimum-security prison in Sydney, the paper said.
Hong Kong's Security Bureau said it would not comment on an individual application.
Munce has won many of the biggest races on the Australian calendar, including the 1998 Melbourne Cup on Jezabeel, and the Golden Slipper on Prowl in 1998 and Dance Hero in 2004.


Updated : 2021-04-18 16:51 GMT+08:00