|CORRUPTION OR JUSTICE? SHOULD JUDGE ANDREW MEACHIN DELARE HIS RSPCA PAST?|
VICTIM SUE HENDERSON DOESNT FEEL JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE
A JUDGE who previously worked extensively for the RSPCA has forced the closure of a sanctuary for sick and injured horses that has been used by the police.
The owner, Susan Henderson, is appealing against the judgment after she was banned from working with animals for 10 years, given an eight-week suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay the charity £7,000 costs.
Her solicitor described the sentence as “savage” and criticised the judge (Andrew Meachin) for not declaring that he had worked for the RSPCA until last October.
Simon Hart, the Tory MP and former chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said it was “absolutely extraordinary” that the judge had not declared the potential conflict of interest.