Victoria Public Prosecutors Bent on Pursuing Courtside Gambling Charges vs. Briton

The Victorian Office of Public Prosecutors is determined to pursue the charges filed against Daniel Dobson for engaging in courtside activities that violate Victoria's Crimes Act of 1958, recently amended by the enactment of the 2013 Integrity in Sports Act.

The 22-year old British national who was arrested in January 16, 2014 during an ongoing tennis match of the Australian Open, was carrying an electronic transmitting device surreptitiously hidden and stitched into his pants. The Victoria Police found the device capable of relaying real time data ahead of a slightly delayed television broadcast for an ongoing sports match, and liable to corrupt the betting outcome and other betting contingencies.

Victoria's laws prohibit the communication, or even cause the communication of information as a means of gaining financial advantage or of causing financial disadvantage in relation to any betting event or betting possibilities. The laws likewise state that proceedings involving such an offence do not require the presentation of proof that the person to whom the information was transmitted used the data received for wagering purposes.

Although the Victoria Police initially intended to allow Mr. Dobson to get off the hook as a first-time offender, Public Prosecutor Luke Exell contended otherwise. According to Mr. Exell, the Briton is one of six travelling individuals known to attend global sporting events for purposes of relaying play data. He further disclosed that in one of the recent tournaments held in New Zealand, Daniel Dobson had been asked to leave the premises.

The accused was released by the presiding magistrate after paying a $10,000 surety bail, and was prohibited from attending the Australian Open prior to his scheduled departure for UK on Monday. Mr. Dobson was also ordered to return to Melbourne to attend the hearing of his court case, set on March 06, 2014.