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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 July, 2003, 17:43 GMT 18:43 UK
Huntsman cleared of attack
The incident happened on private land in West Sussex
The jury on Tuesday only reached a verdict on one of the two charges
A huntsman accused of attacking two hunt saboteurs has been cleared of assaulting one of them.

Hunt leader Jonathan Broise, 46, was cleared on Tuesday of assault causing actual bodily harm on Simon Wild.

But the jury at Chichester Crown Court could not reach a verdict on whether Mr Broise had attacked Mr Wild's wife Jaine.

The jury will return to court on Wednesday to continue its deliberations over that charge - also of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Captured on video

Mr Broise, from London Road in Petwort, West Sussex, was at a meeting of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt at Petworth Park at 0730 BST on 9 October 2002.

The court heard he had clashed with Mr and Mrs Wild, from Bognor Regis in West Sussex, after getting off his horse.

They claimed he attacked each of them and that the assaults were captured on video by Mr Wild.

The trial was shown the tape but Mr Broise said it "did not show the full story".

He said Mrs Wild had sprayed perfume in his face and whipped him before he pushed her away in self defence, while she told the jury he punched her, leaving blood "pumping" from her face.

Mr Broise told the court Mr Wild kicked and punched him when he tried to retrieve his hunting horn, which he said Mrs Wild had thrown into some trees.

Mr Broise denied both charges of assault.

The jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict over the charge of attacking Mr Wild but failed to reach a verdict over the alleged assault on Mrs Wild.

The case was adjourned until 1000 BST on Wednesday when the jury's discussions wil continue.

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