Emma Scott secures a stay for abuse of process in anti-hunting case

11.05.18 | |

Emma represented a teacher charged with aggravated trespass in relation to blowing horns on private land, where her client had reason to believe illegal hare coursing was taking place.

 

Defence footage was played of a purported 'trail hunt' which showed an animal hanging out of a hound's mouth, and also of the Police who were at the site to investigate complaints, riding pillion on the back of quad bikes driven by members of the hunting group.

 

Most of the Crown's case had been heard, including evidence that the hunt group purchased and imported real fox urine online from an individual in the USA so that a scent could be laid for a trail, when a piece of evidence was brought to the attention of the Defence.
 

This evidence had been in the possession of the Crown but had not previously been disclosed to the Defence. Emma argued that as a result of the contents and the point in the proceedings when it was finally disclosed, her client was so prejudiced that she could not now receive a fair trial as a result.
 

The Court agreed and a stay for abuse of process was granted.
 

Emma was instructed by Jessica Black of Bindmans.

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