The Reverend and Worshipful Professor Doctor Barry Peachey


http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b044p2gc/panorama-undercover-justice-for-sale

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This man defends badger diggers and even wrote a book in 1992 on how to dig for badgers called ‘Hunting the Badger’.

He appeared on BBC1 tonight in a programme by Panorama called Undercover: Justice for Sale?

An undercover Panorama investigation has found some paid expert witnesses prepared to provide helpful court reports despite a client’s confession.

Only one of nine expert witnesses approached did not want to get involved after the reporters admitted "guilt".

They included animal expert Prof Barry Peachey who suggested a false defence for a reporter who "confessed" to interfering with a badger sett.

He later insisted his report was truthful and accurate.

One was animal scientist Prof Barry Peachey, who specialises in the law protecting badgers.

The reporter told him he had deliberately put a dog in a sett in pursuit of a badger, an offence that can carry a six-month jail sentence. He said he feared he had been filmed by a passer-by and could face prosecution.

During the secret filming, Prof Peachey acknowledged the reporter had broken the law.

"What you’ve done and what they can prove are two entirely different things," he told him.

He continued: "Your defence is that this was a pure accident… You were walking your dog along and the dog suddenly saw a badger and dived down a hole and all you were trying to do is get it back."

He then produced a report for use in court, which correctly described the badger sett as active, but which also set up the false defence by saying the sett was not visible to the casual passer-by.

Prof Peachey also said he would be willing to give evidence in court saying that it was "highly likely" the dog entered the sett by accident.

In total he charged £2,223 for his report.

He said his report was truthful and accurate and he had no financial incentive not to tell the truth. He said the facts of the incident had not been made clear and he would never lie in court.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27734291

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Professor Barry Peachey, who specialises in the law protecting badgers, provided a court report for a journalist who said he had intentionally interfered with a badger sett, a criminal offence which carries a potential six-month jail term.

The expert was captured on camera telling the undercover reporter: ‘Your defence in this case isn’t that it isn’t a heaving badger sett, your defence is that this was a pure accident…

‘You were walking your dog along and the dog suddenly saw a badger and dived down a hole and all you were trying to do is get it back.’

His report, for which he charged £2,223, noted that many people would not have realised badgers lived there. He wrote: ‘It was not at all obvious to any casual passer-by that there was a badger sett nearby.’

Prof Peachey indicated that he would be prepared to give evidence in court, saying: ‘You’re saying it’s an accident, they are asking me whether or not I think it is a credible accident and I say, “yes, highly likely”.’

He also advised the reporter not to speak openly to his solicitor, telling him: ‘Don’t tell them the truth under any circumstances.’

Responding to Panorama’s investigation, Prof Peachey strongly denied that his report had backed up a false defence.

He said: ‘The court report does nothing except deal with the ecology of the site, which is exactly what I was asked to do, which is completely 100 per cent truthful and accurate, and makes no mention whatsoever of his motives or actions.’

The expert said he twice told the undercover reporter that he would not lie in court for anybody.

He added: ‘For people to come to me and say that they’re guilty is absolutely nothing new. It happens, and very often they’re not (guilty)… You don’t just go to see a solicitor and tell him that you’re guilty when you don’t know what the case against you is.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2652433/Expert-court-witnesses-bias-storm-Specialists-filmed-saying-evidence-defence-paying-clients-told-guilty.html

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