Friday, February 26, 1999 Published at 14:43 GMT
Animal activist loses appeal
Barry Horne came close to death during the hunger strike
Animal rights activist Barry Horne, who is serving an 18-year sentence after being convicted of a fire-bombing campaign, has lost his appeal against his conviction.
The former dustman, who came close to death while staging a hunger strike last year in a protest against vivisection, was found guilty by a jury at Bristol Crown Court on charges of arson and attempted arson.
Horne, described as "a one-man organisation called the Animal Rights Militia" - argued that the conviction was unsafe because of the judge's summing up before he was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court.
Such a possibility had not been canvassed during the evidence, which was not in any event "overwhelming" against his client.
Mr Horne went on hunger strike in an attempt to force the government to set up a Royal Commission into vivisection.
His case was heard at the Court of Appeal in London by Lord Justice Tuckey, Mrs Justice Smith and Mr Justice Gray.