THE extraordinary account of how two activists charged with multiple offences walked free from court can be revealed.
Christopher Delforce and Dorottya Kiss were charged with planting recording device in two piggeries, illegally installing the devices, trespass and also of accusing pig farms of animal cruelty.
The indictment against them by police in New South Wales, Australia, also outlined how piggeries in the region were being repeatedly targeted by activists following a major investigation.
The couple were charged in relation to two search warrants executed in 2015 in Adelaide and Sydney where electronic recording devices were seized as evidence.
But they never faced trial and after a two-year legal battle costing $56,000 they got off scot-free on a technicality.
The prosecution failed because the consent form issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW, wasn’t dated.
But the extensive investigation exposed the lengths to which activists will go to further their cause and the financial support they can call up to defend themselves in court.
Australian Pork Limited (APL) policy general manager Deb Kerr said after the case: “The charges laid were in relation to the installation of cameras and other equipment, recording devices, illegally installed under the Surveillance Devises Act – but as the charges were thrown out, the case has not been heard to be either proven or disproven, on charges of purported illegal recordings.
“A small number of pig producers and myself were in the court room and to have the charges dismissed on a technicality was quite disappointing.”
Animal rights activists were quick to jump on the bandwagon, issuing on online statement via the Animal Liberation Facebook page which described the two activists as “brave” warriors.
Mr Delforce, a spokesperson for the group said: “The lessons we’ve learned from this whole thing will be incredibly valuable for all animal activists going forward.”
It is feared that animal rights activists would view court’s decision as a win and continue their bizarre actions against the meat industry.
Ms Kerr added that the industry would now need to consider the potential for tougher regulations on recording devices in piggeries.