Lord Cardigan in court on harassment charges
Lord Cardigan appeared in court on Friday accused of harassment and disorderly conduct but trial dates could not be set because suggested days clashed with the expected birth of his third child.
The 60-year-old, of Savernake Lodge on the Savernake Estate, appeared at South East Wiltshire Magistrates Court, under the name of David Brudenell-Bruce, charged with two counts of harassment and one of disorderly conduct.
He is accused of making a total of 69 unwanted calls to Savernake Estate trustee John Moore on April 5 and 12 and turning off an electrical pump that provides water to residential properties on the estate.
He is also accused of shouting offensive comments at Prue Chetwynd-Talbot in the Waitrose store in Marlborough High Street on April 6.
The last charge relates to an alleged incident involving the estate’s games keeper, Peter Tilley. Lord Cardigan is accused of putting up at least 11 notices around the forest stating that Mr Tilley had placed snares on the land.
Lord Cardigan pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, which will go to trial on three separate dates.
The court suggested that the trials be set for November 12, 13 and 19 but Lord Cardigan, who is estranged from this two grown up children Thomas and Catherine, requested that these dates be changed because his wife, Joanne, is due to give birth on November 12.
Tim Naylor, representing Lord Cardigan, said: “Lord Cardigan is in the country, however, his wife is due to give birth on the 12th of November.
“Of course this is not a precise science, however, given the looming trial date is on that day, this is of some concern for him.
“On Lord Cardigan’s behalf I would request that the listing is at a later date even if that is in 2014.
“He would clearly like to be at the birth of his child.”
Lord Cardigan is due back at South East Wiltshire Magistrates Court on September 27 so that trial dates can be set.
At the end of the hearing Lord Cardigan said: “I would like to thank the bench for taking my concerns of the maternity ward into consideration.”