10 June 1999
Judge rules against mink case verdict
A MAGISTRATE has been ordered by the High Court to reconsider his refusal to convict an animal rights protester for harassing a mink farmer.
Northumberland stipendiary magistrate Neville White decided last October that Diane Selvanayagam had harassed Peter Harrison, a mink farmer.
But Ms Selvanayagam could not be convicted because she had been involved in a legitimate peaceful protest.
Mr White said he was “impressed” by the way she had gone out her way to avoid violence.
He added that the right to demonstrate and protest was a highly protected right in English and European law.
High Court judges said the ruling was “completely wrong”.