RSPCA private prosecution collapse reinforces need for scrutiny of charity.

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RSPCA private prosecution collapse reinforces need for scrutiny of charity.

Post  Admin on Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:09 pm

An RSPCA private prosecution brought against a Cheshire hunt supporter, his partner and their nineteen year old daughter has collapsed on the first morning of a scheduled three day trial at Crewe Magistrates’Court.

Keith Watson, a farmer, Tanya Norlander and Hannah Watson had been accused of interference with a badger sett on 16th February last year when Mr Watson was assisting the Cheshire Hunt . On the first morning of the trial RSPCA prosecutors admitted, despite knowing all the facts of the case for over a year, that there was no realistic prospect of conviction on the evidence and the case was dismissed. In March last year Mr Watson’s farm was raided by RSPCA employees and police officers who searched outbuildings and barns removing mole traps, clothes and Mr Watson’s legally held firearms.

The costs of the three defendants, which are likely to exceed £10,000, were awarded from ‘Central Funds’ which means the taxpayer will pay for the defendants costs as well as those of the aborted three day trial.

Tim Bonner, Director of Campaigns at the Countryside Alliance, said: “It is simply disgraceful that the RSPCA is using the criminal justice system to pursue a vindictive campaign against the hunting community. The Watson family have suffered more than a year of stress over a prosecution so unjustified that it fell apart within minutes of the trial starting.

“There is no way on earth that the police and Crown Prosecution Service would have prosecuted on such flawed and weak evidence, but the RSPCA pursued Mr Watson and his family simply because they were part of the Cheshire Hunt.

“Fundamental questions about the RSPCA’s use of private prosecutions were raised in the wake of the scandal over the £326,000 prosecution of the Heythrop Hunt. This case only reinforces the need for proper scrutiny of a charity which is using money donated to protect animal welfare to pursue a political, animal rights campaign.”

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Post  jingsy on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:52 am

Great, now my taxes are paying for their prosecutions.
What makes it worse is that it was a prosecution that they knew they had no chance of winning.
How can they justify hounding a family for over a year like this? As said, was it because the family have hunting connections?

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Post  Trilby Bee on Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:55 am

Admin wrote:An RSPCA private prosecution brought against a Cheshire hunt supporter, his partner and their nineteen year old daughter has collapsed on the first morning of a scheduled three day trial at Crewe Magistrates’Court.

Keith Watson, a farmer, Tanya Norlander and Hannah Watson had been accused of interference with a badger sett on 16th February last year when Mr Watson was assisting the Cheshire Hunt . On the first morning of the trial RSPCA prosecutors admitted, despite knowing all the facts of the case for over a year, that there was no realistic prospect of conviction on the evidence and the case was dismissed. In March last year Mr Watson’s farm was raided by RSPCA employees and police officers who searched outbuildings and barns removing mole traps, clothes and Mr Watson’s legally held firearms.

The costs of the three defendants, which are likely to exceed £10,000, were awarded from ‘Central Funds’ which means the taxpayer will pay for the defendants costs as well as those of the aborted three day trial.

Tim Bonner, Director of Campaigns at the Countryside Alliance, said: “It is simply disgraceful that the RSPCA is using the criminal justice system to pursue a vindictive campaign against the hunting community. The Watson family have suffered more than a year of stress over a prosecution so unjustified that it fell apart within minutes of the trial starting.

“There is no way on earth that the police and Crown Prosecution Service would have prosecuted on such flawed and weak evidence, but the RSPCA pursued Mr Watson and his family simply because they were part of the Cheshire Hunt.

“Fundamental questions about the RSPCA’s use of private prosecutions were raised in the wake of the scandal over the £326,000 prosecution of the Heythrop Hunt. This case only reinforces the need for proper scrutiny of a charity which is using money donated to protect animal welfare to pursue a political, animal rights campaign.”

It is getting beyond a joke, it's good money after bad, donated money, taxpayers' money...surely there is enough evidence against them just over the past couple of months (and that is what we hear about - there must be more, much more, eg the people who use this site and other anti-RSPCA sites who do not get into the papers, but money is being spent on persecuting/prosecuting them too).

Another thing which ought to be taken into account that people suffering from stress, such as RSPCA victims will eventually cost the country money when they have to get medical halp on the NHS for nervous breakdowns etc. Where did you find this little gem, Jingsy? I missed it.

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Post  jingsy on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:05 pm

Apparently it innitially surfaced on The Countryside Aliance website.

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