09 August 2012
TED HANKEY FOUND GUILTY OF BREACHES OF THE BDO DISCIPLINARY CODE
On 6 August 2012, a disciplinary committee convened under BDO Code of Practice No.3 - Disciplinary Proceedings (Code) met to consider a disciplinary complaint brought by the BDO's Disciplinary Officer, Jamie Herbert, against Ted Hankey in relation to alleged breaches of clauses 2.2.1 and 2.2.4 of the Code, committed in connection with the 2012 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship (2012 Championship).
The alleged breaches were that Mr Hankey failed, without satisfactory explanation, to honour the commitment he made in the participation agreement that he signed prior to competing in the 2012 Championship that, if he reached the semi-final of that event, he would participate in the 2013 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship and/or that he disrupted the 2012 Championship and/or that he acted contrary to the interests of the BDO in his conduct at the 2012 Championship.
Following the hearing, which was attended by Mr Herbert but not by Mr Hankey, despite him being notified of the disciplinary complaint and the hearing in accordance with the Code, the disciplinary committee found all of the charges alleged against Mr Hankey proven.
After hearing submissions on the appropriate sanction by Mr Herbert, the disciplinary committee suspended Mr Hankey from membership of the BDO for eighteen months (with such suspension back-dated to commence on 15 January 2012, concluding on 14 July 2013), fined him £1,000 and ordered that he pay the costs of the BDO in relation to the proceedings (with such fine and costs to be paid in full before any re-application to membership of the BDO following the expiration of his suspension would be considered).
Both the BDO Disciplinary Officer and Mr Hankey have the right to appeal the decision.
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