A HUNTSMAN has pleaded not guilty to raping a woman at a hunt ball last summer.
John Norrish, 67, and a member of the Tiverton Staghounds, denied the charge during a brief hearing at Exeter Crown Court.
Norrish, of Mouseberry Farm, East Worlington, is accused of raping a woman at the event in the Crediton area on July 2 this year.
Judge Graham Cottle adjourned the case for a trial which has already been fixed for May 14, 2012.
Norrish, who appeared in the dock wearing a tweed jacket and Staghounds tie, was bailed.