9th May 2008, at a pre-trial review held at Banbury Magistrates Court,
District Judge Vickers, called for the RSPCA Animal Cruelty case to be
listed at Bicester Magistrates Court for 10 weeks, the booked dates are
Monday 8th December 2008 until Friday 19th December 2008 and then to
continue after Christmas and New Year, from Monday 12th January 2009
until Friday 6th March 2009.
The case which is starting in December 2008; is taking 6 months to go to court because it was extremely difficult to find a suitable time to clear the court for such a long case to be heard.
The family - James John Gray (44), Julie Gray (40), Jodie Gray (25), Cordelia Gray (20), and also a 15 year old boy (who cannot be named for legal reasons,) who is also a member of the Gray family, all of Spindles Farm, Chalk Lane, Hyde Heath, - deny all the charges against them.
They have all pleaded not guilty to 12 charges relating to section 4 and section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which covers causing unnecessary suffering to and failing to meet the welfare needs of a total of 125 horses, ponies and donkeys which were all removed from Spindles Farm between Friday 4th January and Saturday 12th January this year.
In a massive rescue that was co-ordinated by Thames
Valley Police, Trading Standards and the RSPCA with help from The Horse
Trust, the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH),
Redwings and the Blue Cross. 32 animals were found dead at the farm, 3
had to be put to sleep immediately because of their poor condition.
RSPCA deputy head of press, Becky Hawkes said “This is going to be a long hearing for animal cruelty, but we were expecting it, because of the large number of witnesses being called, 48 so far, RSPCA officers, Police and many veterinary experts are being called and the massive amount of evidence that needs to be heard. It may conclude earlier, depending on how quickly the evidence takes to be heard."
James Gray guilty of assault
on PC Metcalf 06/05/08
Mr. Gray was also due to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on Wednesday 7th May 2008, to face charges brought by Buckinghamshire Trading Standards. 4 charges were brought against him, which include failing to dispose of 16 animal carcasses from Spindles Farm and giving false information when applying for a licence to transport animals. James Gray did not appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court either, but sent a doctor’s note which said he was suffering from gastroenteritis. The case was adjourned until Wednesday 21st May 2008 at 2pm at High Wycombe Magistrates Court, when it will be heard.
There will be another pre-trial hearing for James Gray at 10am on Friday 18th July 2008 at Bicester Magistrates Court, which will hear an application by the RSPCA pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act 2003, to admit the bad character of Mr. James John Gray.
On Monday 19th May 2008, Mr. Gray will also be appearing at Folkestone Magistrates Court at a case brought by Kent Trading Standards, regarding animal welfare being shipped out of Dover, he was meant to appear back in April but didn't show up!
This must be costing Jamie Gray an absolute fortune in legal fees.