Friday, 19 September 2008
Otis Ferry in a spot of bother
This hasn't been a good week for Otis Ferry, son of rock star Bryan Ferry and joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt, who famously stormed the House of Commons in 2004 to protest at the Hunting Act.
First he was up in court charged with robbery and assault, over an incident which may or may not have involved hunt "monitors" (ie protesters) Susan Grima and Helen Ghalmi and a video camera at a meet of the Heythrop in Gloucestershire on 21 November.
Now he has been accused of trying to nobble a witness in that trial. The allegation is that he phoned David Hodgkiss, one of the hunt staff, on 8 September and "instructed him not to provide the police with certain evidence in relation to an allegation of robbery".
Otis recently wrote to Sporting Shooter to complain about the levels to which fox shooting is taken nowadays. "Let's face it," he wrote, "trickery and technology can hardly be passed as sport."
Ironically, "trickery and technology" may well have played a large part in the problems Otis now faces.