Hunt trial: Day 7

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ANOTHER charge was thrown out today, before final arguments were made in the Crawley and Horsham Hunt court case.

Three defendants - Rachael Holdsworth, 47, of Rock Road, Washington, Neill Millard, 45, of Dragons Lane, Shipley, and Andrew Phillis, 50, of Halwell, Totnes, Devon - have pleaded not guilty to a total of six charges under the Hunting Act 2004.

Henry James Hawksfield, 59, of Bines Road, Partridge Green, had the last charge against him dropped today.

District Judge Stephen Nicholls ruled that he had no case to answer.

After a day of detailed legal submissions from prosecution and defence, Judge Nicholls is now considering his verdicts.

With the trial having overrun its original time slot, the case was adjourned until May 14 at Haywards Heath Magistrates’ Court.