Kent huntsman Brian Fraser 'tried to kill ex-girlfriend'

A leading Kent huntsman tried to kill his former lover after she ended their relationship, a court has heard.

Brian Fraser, 63, who was master of the Ashford Valley Hunt, initially told police he had been at home with his wife when Louise Leggatt was shot.

But Maidstone Crown Court was told CCTV footage showed he had left his home in Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, that evening and returned two hours later.

He denies attempted murder but admits possessing a firearm without a licence.

Ms Leggatt, suffered leg injuries when she was shot, as she tended her horses at Apple Pie Farm, Benenden, on 15 March last year.

She also had shotgun pellets in her bowel and pelvis, the court was told, and remained in hospital for more than a week after the shooting.

'Proved to be lies'

Ian Acheson, prosecuting, said Ms Leggatt initially told police she thought it was her ex-husband who had shot her.

But she said Mr Fraser, her former boyfriend, may have been "10%" responsible.

Mr Fraser initially told police he had been at home with his wife on the evening and did not own a shotgun.

But Mr Acheson said that both Mr Fraser's claims had proved to be lies.

CCTV from his home showed that he had left in a car around an hour before the shooting and returned about two hours later.

The court also heard a shotgun and cartridges had been discovered in a gap between two hay bales during a search of his property.

Mr Acheson said Ms Leggatt and Mr Fraser had got together in 2006, but their relationship deteriorated and by 2011 he had moved out of their home, although remaining in touch.

He said that after she also spurned his offer to take her to the Gold Cup race meeting at Cheltenham, Mr Fraser had felt "disgruntled".

The trial continues.

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