Jacob Whalley Convicted of Battery x3

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Following an attack on hunt saboteurs at a Northamptonshire meet of the Ryford Chase Rabbit Hounds and Pytchley Foxhounds on 22/3/2014, Mr Jacob Dean Whalley plead guilty and was convicted on 9/9/2014 of 3 counts of battery, contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Whalley was ordered to pay compensation of £450 to the victims, and court costs. During the attack, carried out by a number of hunt members, Whalley beat hunt saboteurs, seemingly at random with a stick, and kicked one in the head when she had been pushed to the ground.

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The attack launched upon hunt saboteurs was neutralised at the time, and the rabbit hunt was abandoned as a result, before it had started. While we feel that Whalley’s sentence was too light, we are pleased that he was unable to get away with these assaults altogether.

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