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Australian Open ‘courtsiding’ scandal: Man to plead not guilty

Thu, Jan 23, 3:50pm by Brad McGrath

Aus Open newsDANIEL Dobson, the man charged with “court-siding” at the Australian Open, has been previously kicked out of a tournament in New Zealand, a court heard today.

The 22 year old allegedly attended the Australian Open with an electronic device sewn into his shorts to send messages to his UK-based employer Sports Data Limited, who used the information to adjust the odds before the TV delay catches up.

Mr Dobson was arrested and charged on January 16 with one count of engaging in conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome and receiving a financial advantage.

The prosecution claim Mr Dobson is one of six men employed by the international betting agency to travel the world attending sporting events.

“He has been previously asked to leave a tournament in New Zealand,” Prosecutor Luke Exell said.

Mr Dobson’s Defence lawyer David Galbally QC told the court the Office of Public Prosecutions was considering their application to have the charges against him dropped.

Mr Galbally said if the charges against his client were not dropped, Mr Dobson would plead not guilty and would take the matter to trial.

Mr Dobson’s father, Tim Dobson, is a leading detective in the United Kingdom who works on high profile cases such as the Madeleine McCann disappearance.

Dobson senior is expected to put up $10,000 surety to have his son’s passport returned and guarantee the Melbourne Magistrates Court that he would return to Australia from the United Kingdon for a March 6 hearing.

Mr Dobson’s employer released a statement last week which said that everything the bookmaker had done was above board and legal.

They said that that Victoria’s new sports integrity laws, which were introduced in April and carry a maximum 10-year jail sentence had been “applied entirely inappropriately” in the case of Mr Dobson.

“We have never been and never will be involved in any illegal betting or any other illegal activity whatsoever and take a serious view of an allegations that they have,” it read.

“The new Victoria State Law… is a very good law and we welcome it,”

“We want matches to be as straight as possible. However, this law is being applied entirely inappropriately here.”

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