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Not treated differently because the previous offences where not noticed and hence not dealt with. A mistake, yes, but not treated deliberately differently.
I'd add that we don't know which competition was involved (NRC rumoured in at least one case, so again different to Championship) nor do we know if the Clubs concerned contacted the RFL beforehand and obtained dispensation (as Workington did recently) as the only information released effectively says 'it happened before'. Since there is no evidende that those cases were investigated fully (by all accounts Donny turned up with a load of teamsheets and Batley hung onto their coat tails) then how can 'precedence' be used?
Halifax fans not overly concerned as they're replacing him with 3 props who can all do 60 minute stints. Looks like they'll have the 'best pack in the league'..................................... again