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Saboteurs 'punched by huntsman'
The incident happened on private land in West Sussex
The incident happened on private land in West Sussex
A huntsman dismounted from his horse and punched a woman hunt saboteur in the face before attacking her husband, a court has heard.

The jury at Chichester Crown Court was shown footage taken by Simon Wild as his wife Jaine was allegedly being hit by hunt leader Jonathan Broise.

Mr Broise, 46, of London Road, Petworth, West Sussex, denies assault causing actual bodily harm to Mr and Mrs Wild on 9 October last year.

Richard Cherrill, prosecuting, told the court Mr and Mrs Wild had entered private land in Petworth Park to try to disrupt the meeting of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt.

She thinks she was head-butted by him and then punched a number of times around the face and head
Richard Cherill, prosecuting

They were spotted by Mr Broise in woodland.

"Mrs Wild had her back up against trees and this defendant rode his horse at her," said Mr Cherill.

"She will say that the defendant got off his horse and went towards her. He was very close.

"She said she thinks she was head-butted by him and then punched a number of times around the face and head.

"It caused her to fall to the ground."

Cheap perfume

Mr Cherill said Mr Wild had gone to his wife's aid but was punched in the face and stomach by the defendant.

Other members of the anti-hunt group eventually broke up the fight.

Mr Broise voluntarily went to a police station the next day to give his version of events.

He claimed he had dismounted his horse well before the incident and had merely pushed Mrs Wild on her chest.

He also alleged Mrs Wild sprayed him in the face with cheap perfume.

But the video shown to the jury illustrated a man, said by the Crown to be Mr Broise, dismounting his horse and punching Mrs Wild several times in the face.

The trial continues.




SEE ALSO:
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