3rd November 2020
A 19-year-old has pleaded guilty to attacking a car containing hunt saboteurs.
Samuel Hadlow, from Ospringe, near Faversham, confronted members of the East Kent Saboteurs group in his car on September 10 last year, parking across a road in Woodchurch during the confrontation.
As Hadlow turned his car to flee, he landed a damaging blow on the back windscreen of an activist’s Mitsubishi Pajero with a hammer.
A police chase ensued and, after darting out of the car, the hammer was discovered in the driver-side door well.
Appearing at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, he was fined £1,047 after admitting to all the charges against him – driving without a licence, tax or third party insurance and criminal damage.
He also got docked six points for driving without a valid licence.
The West Kent Hunt Sabs have welcomed the conviction and the £180 compensation included in his fines.
They commented on a Facebook post: “We hope this serves as a warning that violence never pays.
“Thank you to all our supporters for your continued support.”