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Trial for pair accused of pulling cop from horse

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2275

Jurors at the Old Bailey will decide on Wednesday the fate of two student protesters.

Brothers Andrew Hilliard, 23, and Christopher Hilliard, 18, were arrested on the 9 December demonstration in London against the tripling of tuition fees.

The police claim that the brothers pulled PC Cowling from his horse—a charge the brothers deny.

Their mother Jennifer set up Parents for Real Justice, a campaign to support other defendants facing the courts after last winter’s demos.

Meanwhile a 20-year old man arrested on the TUC demonstration on 26 March has been released from jail.

Frank Fernie was sentenced to an astonishing 12 months in jail for throwing two placard sticks. He has now been released on curfew after three months inside.

Frank’s family and friends organised a high profile defence campaign to support him.

Many student protesters are still going through the courts. Over a dozen will be sentenced for public order offences on Friday this week at Kingston Crown Court.

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Tue 25 Oct 2011, 17:45 BST
Issue No. 2275
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