North West Hunt Saboteurs

Badger Baiters - U

Name - Underhill Richard

Address - Abbey Lane, Southham, near Banbury

Convicted - 11/9/97 and appealed on 12/1/98

Fine - 60 days

Magistrates - Banbury then Oxford Crown Court

Age/D.O.B - 38

Also convicted - David Clark

Notes - Banbury magistrates took only one hour to find them both guilty and gave them 60 day sentences for attempting to take badgers, sending a dog into a badger sett and damaging a sett in August 1996. During the trial which lasted two days the court heard how the pair were caught armed with spades at a badger sett in August 1996. They both claimed, wait for it, that they were trying to trap foxes and rabbits and their dogs had entered a badger sett by accident. When police raided Clark's home they found his living room filled with badger and fox trophies and gin traps were mounted on the walls. He also had dozens of books on bloodsports and hunting and 50 videos containing footage of rabbits and foxes being trapped and killed. Clark and Underhill claimed they were digging into the sett to rescue their terrier, which had run into the badger sett. Following an appeal at Oxford Crown Court on 16/1/98 the judge ordered the men serve the remaining time of their original sentences, and gave them 30 days each on the other 2 charges, to run concurrently with their longer sentence. Frederick Smalley was charged with interfering with a badger sett by destroying it on his farm between September 10 and October 5 1996. He was due to be tried separately, but sadly I don't know the outcome of his trial.

Two men sent to prison for digging badger setts returned to jail after their appeal against conviction and sentence was thrown out by a judge at Oxford Crown Court on 12/1/98. David Clark (37) of Bentley Close, Lillington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, and Richard Underhill (38) of Abbey Lane, Southam, near Banbury took their protest before a judge after Banbury magistrates gave them both 60 day sentences for attempting to take badgers, sending a dog into a badger sett and damaging a badger sett in August 1996. Clark and Underhill claimed they were digging into the sett to rescue their terrier, which had run into the badger sett. The judge ordered the men to serve the remaining time of their original sentences, and gave them 30 days each on the other 2 charges, to run concurrently with their longer sentence.

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