An animal rights activist who ran on to the monitor on the Epsom Derby has been handed a suspended jail sentence for breaching a Excessive Court docket injunction.
Ben Newman was filmed operating on to the course because the 12-furlong Basic started on June 3.
The Jockey Membership, which owns Epsom, had beforehand been granted an injunction banning the Animal Rising group, of which Newman is a supporter, from intervening within the occasion.
Throughout contempt of court docket proceedings in London on Wednesday, the Excessive Court docket heard Newman had admitted breaching the order and was given a two-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months.
Tim James-Matthews, for Newman, mentioned he “reiterates his honest apologies to the court docket, the claimant and people affected by his conduct”.
The court docket heard the “dedicated animal rights campaigner” had entered the monitor near the end line shortly after the beginning of the race – with the horses round two minutes away.
Mr James-Matthews mentioned the horses may have been stopped if wanted and that Newman’s actions have been completely different from the 1913 suffragette protest wherein Emily Davison was fatally injured after she ran in entrance of the King’s horse.
“This isn’t that case, this can be a appreciable distance – actually – from that situation,” the barrister mentioned.
Mr Justice Miles mentioned he accepted Newman was “motivated by conscientious targets” however didn’t rule on whether or not they have been reputable.
He continued: “The one concern for the court docket at this listening to is the suitable sanction to be imposed on the defendant in respect of his admitted contempt of court docket.
“He intentionally flouted the order. His actions have been deliberate upfront. He was not appearing below strain or compulsion and his actions have been his personal.”
Mr Justice Miles was informed that Newman beforehand pleaded responsible to inflicting public nuisance in associated prison proceedings and had spent greater than 30 days in custody previous to his sentencing in July.
Handing down the suspended sentence, the choose famous Newman had apologised and “tasted imprisonment”.
Following the sentencing, Nevin Truesdale, the Jockey Membership’s chief government, mentioned: “Ben Newman’s determination to breach safety and run on to the monitor whereas the Derby was below method was a reckless stunt which may have compromised the protection and safety of people and horses.”
He added: “We have been at all times very clear that if anybody selected to breach the injunction then we might not hesitate to take additional motion.
“It has at all times been our intention for that motion to be each clear and proportionate and we settle for the sanction imposed on Mr Newman by the court docket immediately.
“Extra extensively, it’s our honest hope that by pursuing this matter within the Excessive Court docket it sends a really clear message to anybody who may in future contemplate disrupting races in such a method, that we’ll by no means tolerate unlawful and reckless behaviour of this sort.”