A serious death threat made on the life of Grand National winning jockey Paul Carberry last February was not investigated by the gardai, as no complaint was received from the rider.
Horse Racing Ireland confirmed that the threat was made during a phone call by an irate punter who reportedly lost thousands after the jockey rode in second place on Martin Scruff in Punchestown on February 16 last.
“A call came in - he (caller) was complaining about Paul Carberry and in the course of that call he made the death threat,” said HRI’s Director of Communication Micheal O’Rourke.
“The threat was expressed in a serious way as to warrant a call to the gardai. It is now a matter for the gardai,” he said. The Leinster Leader understands that the caller also complained about the jockey’s technique which saw him narrowly lose out on the day. “There would have been a stewards’ inquiry after the race,” he added. “The jockey would have been asked to explain (his technique).” According to the official Turf Club stewards inquiry taken after the race - where evidence was heard from both the rider and the trainer Gordon Elliott- the 37-year-old jockey was “severely cautioned on his future riding”. Meanwhile garda spokesperson Gerry Curley said that the incident was never under investigation as no official complaint was made by the jockey himself. “There has been no complaint made as far as I am aware of nor has there been any investigation in to the matter,” he said.
“For a complaint to have been made Paul (Carberry) would have had to make it himself.”