rights campaigner jailed for 10 years for fire-bombing Oxford University
has started an Appeal Court fight to clear his name Mel Broughton, 48, of
Semilong Road in Northampton, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson
in February last year. The court heard he had targeted Queen's and Templeton
colleges over plans to build an animal research laboratory. Broughton argues
he was found guilty on the basis of unreliable DNA evidence. He was arrested
after two improvised devices, made up of fuel and fuses made from sparklers,
exploded at Queen's College sports pavilion in November 2006, causing almost
£14,000 worth of damage.
'Great public concern' Two similar bombs were planted underneath a portable
building at Templeton College in February 2007, but failed to go off.
a leading figure in an animals rights movement set up in 2004 in protest
at plans to build an animal testing research laboratory at Oxford, protested
to police that he was a peaceful protester only. His appeal against the
conviction was before Lord Justice Thomas, Mr Justice Kitchin and Sir Geoffrey
Grigson, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court. The appeal heard the
prosecution had claimed in the original trial that Broughton's DNA was found
on a matchstick used as part of the fuse in one of the failed Templeton
barrister, David Bentley QC, argued that the "reliability" of
that DNA evidence was "not sufficient" for it to be admitted before
the jury. However, prosecution lawyers insisted the DNA evidence had been
"validated" by "techniques which were entirely adequate".
Lord Justice Thomas reserved his judgement on the case at the end of a half-day
hearing, to allow the court time to consider the complicated scientific
evidence. "It is the duty of this court to see whether the judge came
to a decision that was reasonably open to him. This sort of evidence is
of great public concern," the judge added.
Appeal Court will give its ruling on Broughton's appeal at an unspecified
us not forget that Mel was set up. He did not do what he has been convicted
of. They did what they did to him to get him out of the way. Mel, like all
activists campaigning against these atrocities, is a thorn in the side of
those who perpetrate them. Mel has a slim hope of being freed through appeal
but to him the most important thing is for there to be more people on the
streets of Oxford. http://www.speakcampaigns.org/
Animal Protection Party will be standing in Oxford at the General Election
in a couple of months. This is a great opportunity that we can all get involved
in to raise this issue to new heights and to take away the privileges that
Oxford MP Evan Harris has accumulated on the suffering of countless animals.
The Animal Protection Party is set to
launch candidates in constituencies of primary focus to those wanting
a better world for the animals. Just think of the potential this vast
swath of compassion has to affect the way politics encourages animal abuse
if, as we intend, those MP’s who stand in places such as Oxford,
Huntingdon, Wickham and Vauxhall lose their seats because of APP opposition.
Let’s be clear, we don’t want their seat nor to be a lonely
cog in a corrupted system, we want them out. In Vauxhall, London Labour
MP Kate Hoey stands funded as the chair of the Countryside Alliance and
is working to overturn the hunting ban. Evan Harris has overseen the opening
of the highly contentious animal testing lab in Oxford where monkeys are
being brain damaged as we speak. At the vile Huntingdon Life Sciences
laboratory complex in Cambridgeshire many different species are tortured
every day and 500 die.
And who will speak out against the use of tens of thousands of animals
in gross Botox cosmetic tests at Wickham Laboratories? Clearly not the
elected representatives in these constituencies! That’s where we
come in. We need your help. We particularly need donations right now.
Politics is an expensive business, and we desperately need your help with
campaign funds. We also need supporters on the streets when we canvas.
If we work together we can take control of the way things work in this
world. Join us as we flood these areas with our message and make the gravy
train that these MPs travel on a lot less comfy. More…
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