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Hunt member slashed tyre on protester’s car
9:30am Saturday 15th September 2012 in News
A MEMBER of the Heythrop Hunt has been found guilty of slashing the car tyres of an anti-hunt campaigner.
Thomas Macfarlane was convicted of criminal damage following the incident at a hunt on January 7 in which a rear tyre on hunt monitor Judy Gilbert’s car burst.
Macfarlane, 40, pleaded not guilty but was convicted after a trial at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Mrs Gilbert, from High Wycombe, Bucks, yesterday said: “ I am very pleased with the verdict and that at last someone has been brought to justice for an attack on my vehicle.
“To suffer this kind of attack is very upsetting and such abominable behaviour should not be tolerated.”
Macfarlane was fined £110, told to pay compensation of £105.60, a victims’ surcharge of £15, and £500 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Police said the attack happened in Chipping Norton.