Quorn Hunt to appear in court
Posted 1st July 2021
The case follows an investigation by Leicestershire Police based on evidence obtained by professional investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports, who monitored the hunt from Breedon-on-the-Hill in Leicestershire on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
Huntsman John ‘Ollie’ Finnegan and his whipper-in at the time Rhys Matcham, face a charge of hunting a wild mammal with a dog contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.
John ‘Ollie’ Finnegan remains an employee of the Quorn Hunt while Rhys Matcham is now whipper-in at the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt.
The case is expected to last two days with the second day of the trial scheduled for Wednesday, January 13.
Notes to Editors
A huntsman is employed by the hunt and is responsible for directing the pack of hounds during the day’s hunting.
A whipper-in is the huntsman’s assistant.