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Last Updated: Monday, 14 July, 2003, 18:17 GMT 19:17 UK
Huntsman 'acted in self-defence'
The incident happened on private land in West Sussex
Mr Broise said Mrs Wild attacked him as soon as he got off his horse
A huntsman accused of attacking two hunt saboteurs has told a court he acted in self defence.

Hunt leader Jonathan Broise said Jaine Wild had sprayed perfume in his face and whipped him before he pushed her away.

He told Chichester Crown Court Mrs Wild's husband Simon videoed the incident and then also attacked him.

Mr Broise, 46, denies assault causing actual bodily harm on both Mr and Mrs Wild on 9 October last year.

'Really good slapping'

Mr Broise, from London Road in Petworth, West Sussex, told the court he had been a professional huntsman with hounds for four years and has been involved in hunting for 27 years.

He said he had known Mr Wild for about 20 years and his wife for about 12, through their involvement in anti-hunt activities.

He told the jury that on the Saturday before the incident, which happened at a meeting of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt at Petworth Park, Mr Wild had told him he was due for a "really good slapping or kicking".

I'm used to being attacked - there's no reason to lose my temper
Jonathan Broise

He said: "He was almost gritting his teeth with anger."

Mr Broise said when he got off his horse at the hunt he was aware of Mrs Wild spraying perfume in his face.

He said: "I immediately put my hand up to stop any more perfume going into my face, it was an intense stinging sensation."

He told the jury while he was rubbing his eye, Mrs Wild grabbed his hunting horn and threw it into some trees.

He said she then began using a whip on him, causing him to lurch back - and said he had not hit her with his whip.

Mr Broise denied intending to punch Mrs Wild and said he just wanted to "get her off me as quickly as I possibly could".

Asked if he lost his temper, he replied: "No, not at all, I'm used to being attacked - there's no reason to lose my temper."

He said when he later went to get back the hunting horn he was kicked and punched by Mr Wild who told him: "You're going to get it this time."

Earlier in the trial, Mrs Wild had told the court she needed six stitches to her face and the prosecution had alleged that Mr Broise punched her in the head.

Mr Broise denied punching or headbutting her and the trial was adjourned until Tuesday.

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