Otis Ferry stays behind bars tonight on new charges

  • Otis Ferry will stay behind bars after his application for bail was today turned down by Cheltenham Magistrates Court.

    Otis, 25, from Shrewsbury, is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

    He was arrested on Wednesday (17 September) when leaving Cirencester Magistrates Court. He was leaving court following the sudden halt of his trial for robbery and assault against a hunt monitor — charges that he denies.

    Otis Ferry is a joint-master of the South Shropshire hunt, and son of rock star Bryan Ferry.

    Otis is accused of trying to approach a prosecution witness in the robbery and assault trial. He has allegedly made a series of phonevcalls to his former groom, David Hodgkiss, a witness for the prosecution in the trial.

    Otis Ferry was yesterday initially granted bail on the new charges, but prosecutor in the robbery and assault trial, Peter Ashby, lodged an appeal. Otis spent last night in police custody, and appeared at Cheltenham this morning for the appeal.

    A well known countryside campaigner, Otis was one of eight activists who stormed the House of Commons in September 2004 while the Hunting Act was being passed.

    The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) described Otis to H&H as “a passionate campaigner.”

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