Huntsman jailed for attack on monitor
Saturday March 14, 2009 01:44 by Hank
A Huntsman from Devon's been jailed for a moronic, unprovoked attack on a hunt monitor.
Christopher Marles used his horse to knock Helen Weekes over and send her flying into a ditch. When she climbed out, he threatened her and shoved her back in, despite her pleas for him to stop.
Marles stood and laughed at her as she clambered out again. Two people then pinned Miss Weekes, who was crying by this point, against a car and tried to take her camera. She later had to go to hospital with severe stomach pains, and has had trouble sleeping since the assault last March.
Marles, 47 from New Buildings, Farringdon, was jailed for 6 months at Exeter Crown Court, having also breached a previous suspended sentence - his lawyer claimed the huntsmen felt they shouldn't have been filmed, and that Marles had been drinking that day.
The case judge, Recorder Ros Collins told Marles "you acted like an arrogant, cowardly drunken lout and I hope you are thoroughly ashamed. You are lucky the injuries were not more serious".