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Otis Ferry, arrogant son of rock star Bryan Ferry, has been forced to pay out around £16, 000 compensation to two hunt monitors he attacked.
Back in November 2007, Helen Ghalmi and Susan Grima were monitoring the Heythrop Hunt, as associates of Protect Our Wild Animals, when a vehicle driven by a hunt supporter blocked them in on a narrow road. Otis Ferry then joined in attacking the two women in their car and stealing a camera and their car keys. Grima was left with physical injuries and severe post traumatic stress which prevented her leaving the house for some time.
Otis and his friend John Deutsch were arrested and convicted - but only fined £350 each. So the two hunt monitors decided to take out a claim in the civil court against their attackers. Otis Ferry agreed to settle out of court just before the trial began but the other defendant went through with the trial, after which the court found against him.
The moment Ferry handed over the £16,000 must have been beautiful: the guy is a class-A twat of the highest order. He has been arrested multiple times for militant pro-hunting protests and was previously in the nick for four months for conspiring to pervert the course of justice in 2009. On his release, when the charge was dropped, he gave an interview to the Torygraph which included vomit-inducing quotes such as the following: "This has been politically motivated. I am a Tory-supporting master of foxhounds, and the current Government is anti everything that someone like me stands for. This is a socialist Government and I am the epitome of everything they detest." Actually, Ferry, you're just the epitome of a twat. He also, bizarrely, claimed to 'love animals more than people'. He's certainly got a funny way of showing it.
Ghalmi said:- “I am so relieved it is finally over. The judge has listened to the evidence and rightly concluded that this was a vicious attack carried out solely because we were monitoring the Heythrop Hunt and these two individuals took it upon themselves to try and get rid of us.
"To be trapped in a confined space in the middle of no where while two men attacked us was a terrifying and distressing ordeal to say the least...I just hope this sends out a clear message to all hunts that we won’t tolerate this kind of aggression towards monitors anymore... On that day we experienced a real taste of what the poor foxes go through.”
Some sabs from Sussex may be particularly interested in this case as the recent trial of a similar attack on sabs in a vehicle has resulted in the hunt supporters being aquitted - despite clear video evidence, and one of the accused dobbing his mates in.
At the beginning of March a lone hunt monitor was viciously attacked at the Sinnington Hunt and needed hospital treatment. A couple of weeks later about 40 sabs turned up to ruin the hunt's day and show (as the Hunt Sab Association said) “a 'lone' monitor is never truly alone”.
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