February 2015 – No further action for illegal hunting and assault
ATHERSTONE HUNT SUPPORTER LAURA CAINES FOUND GUILTY OF TWO COUNTS OF ASSAULT BY BEATINGToday Atherstone Hunt supporter Laura Caines was found guilty of two counts of assault by beating at Loughbourgh Magistrates Court. The incident happened on the 28th February 2015 after a fox was chased and illegally hunted by hounds in front of huntsman Stuart Barton and Hunt Saboteurs. Barton immediately rides his horse into the nearest saboteur pinning them against a wall. Caines then attacks the same saboteur from behind by putting them in a head lock, hitting them over the head and then attempting to steal their camcorder. She then moved on to the other sab who was filming, grabbed her and then dug her nails into the sabs check causing it to bleed. She again tried to steal the camcorder that had filmed the incident. Magistrates found her guilty in her absence after offering no defence. A warrant has been issued for her arrest so that she can be sentenced.
Publicado por West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs en Lunes, 21 de diciembre de 2015
Despite Atherstone Hunt supporter Laura Caines being convicted of two counts of assault Leicestershire Police took no further action against the Atherstone Hunt for illegal hunting despite footage of a fox running in front of the huntsman followed by the full pack of hounds and the huntsman then choosing not to do anything to stop them. They also refused to charge the huntsman for ramming his horse into a saboteur and pinning him against the wall claiming there was no way of proving the horse made contact with the saboteur – despite the footage. This case was investigated by Leicestershire Police’s senior investigating officer for hunting DI John Gray (More on him later)