Davies has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault by beating and said he acted in self-defence.He was at an annual fox hunting event in Barlow, Derbyshire, with his wife when he claims he was attacked by masked animal rights campaigners Austin Jordan and William Robinson.
He also claims his privacy was invaded by anti-hunt campaigners who published naked pictures of him on Facebook from a charity calendar he had been involved with to raise money for the Pennine Foxhounds. Outlining the two alleged version of events, Ian Shaw, prosecuting solicitor, said: ‘When [the saboteurs] reach Mr Davies and his wife they are told they are trespassing and they should go away and the difference in accounts comes into play.
‘Mr Davies says he was attacked by Mr Jordan and he acted in self-defence ’Mr Jordan said he was grabbed first by the throat and pushed back and Mr Davies went to the floor. ‘Then Mr Davies is seen to push Mr Robinson into a bush.’ Mr Davies’ accusers are part of anti-hunting group Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs. They said they attended the event to ensure Barlow Hunt did not kill any foxes, which is illegal.Defence solicitor Stephen Welford said Mr Jordan had citronella spray, often used to mask the scent of foxes, and Mr Robinson had a horn to distract the hounds.
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He argued Mr Jordan and Mr Robinson and others had been committing aggravated trespassing by being on private land without permission while interfering with a lawful activity.
It is illegal to hunt foxes with a pack of dogs, but they can be used to simulate hunting by laying a scent for a pack of hounds to chase.Chesterfield magistrates’ courtheard that the animal rights campaigners were dressed in masks and looked ‘intimidating’ and that the incident, which happened on January 1 2019, left Davies with a bloody nose.
District Judge Andrew Davison adjourned the trial until a provisional date of December 11.
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