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Last Updated: Friday, 24 September, 2004, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK
Hunt protester guilty of assault
A hunt protester who injured a man during a scuffle outside a fox's den has been told she will not go to jail.

Suzanne Amos, from Blaby in Leicester, kicked Graham Allen in the face and chest as she struggled with members of the Quorn hunt near Melton Mowbray.

She was convicted of actual bodily harm after a jury at Leicester Crown Court rejected her claim of self-defence.

Amos, 39, was granted bail on condition she does not attend any further hunt protests until she is sentenced.

David Lee, prosecuting, said 60 hunt members had entered a farmer's field, where their quarry had gone underground.

But when they tried to dig up the animal, Amos and several other protesters moved in, with Amos wedging herself into the hole, the court was told.

'Acted recklessly'

Mr Lee said that when Mr Allen tried to take her by the shoulder she deliberately grabbed his glasses off his face and kicked out at him.

Mr Allen, 64, of Loughborough, was left with severe bruising to his ribs, grazing to his face, a bloody nose and a perforated eardrum.

Amos told the jury she feared she was about to be assaulted and blocked a punch with her leg.

But after three hours' deliberation the jury convicted her of assault.

Judge Michael Stokes QC, adjourning sentence, said he would deal with Amos on the basis she had acted recklessly and not maliciously.

She was cleared of a charge of criminal damage in relation to Mr Allen's glasses.


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