Defendants acquitted of charges at hunt protest

3 October 2022

Peter Cruickshank & Aarif Abraham

Garden Court North Chambers’ Aarif Abraham and Peter Cruickshank have successfully defended two men accused of disorder.

Aarif and Peter, of our criminal defence and appeals team, ensured Andrew Purbrick, 59, and Adrian Earl, 62, were acquitted of the charges faced.

Purbrick and Earl were judged to have been acting in self-defence ahead of a hunt event in Lacock, Wiltshire.

At Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, District Judge Joanna Dickens dismissed the charges against the defendants commenting that the evidence brought by the prosecution was ‘wafer thin’.

Counsel were instructed by Lydia Dagostino of Kellys Solicitors.

The case was covered by Wiltshire999s the BBC and the Daily Mail.

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