Huntsman Ferry fined over dispute

Otis Ferry has been fined £350 and given a one-year conditional discharge after admitting a public order offence at a hunt in Gloucestershire.

Ferry was charged with affray, robbery and assault after a dispute with two hunt monitors near Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, in November 2007.

The 26-year-old’s not guilty pleas to those charges were accepted at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday.

Ferry, son of Roxy Music singer Bryan, refused to comment as he left court.

Ferry, the joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt, had earlier been accused intimidating a witness in the case and spent four months on remand.

That charge was later dropped.

“People have to peacefully co-exist no matter what their differing view and opinions ” Judge Martin Picton
The dispute with the hunt protesters happened when Ferry, from Eaton Mascott in Shropshire, was a guest of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Defence barrister George Cox QC told the court that Ferry’s Jack Russell had been taken by anti-hunting protesters two weeks before the incident.

“Mr Ferry is somewhat in the public eye and a well-known supporter of hunting,” he told the court.

“He is therefore often the subject of attention from those who disagree with hunting on principle.”

Judge Martin Picton said Ferry had caused “fear, stress and upset” to the protesters.

Sentencing him, the judge said: “Those who object to hunting are entitled to go about that process of objection lawfully, just as much as someone engaged in hunting is entitled to practise it in a lawful way.

“People have to peacefully co-exist no matter what their differing view and opinions.”

Fellow hunt supporter John Deutsch, 55, was also fined £350 after admitting affray. Both men were ordered to pay £100 costs.


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