Earl denies assaulting trustee of family estate in Wiltshire

The Earl of Cardigan has appeared in court charged with assaulting a trustee of his Savernake estate in Wiltshire.

The earl, David Brudenell-Bruce, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates' Court on Tuesday accused of assaulting John Moore, 66, in Marlborough.

The 59-year-old earl has also been charged with criminal damage to a Mitsubishi car belonging to the Savernake Estate on 17 May.

He denies the charges and is due to stand trial in Salisbury on 5 October.

Disputed his claim

In February, the earl lost a High Court battle to stop portraits of his ancestors being sold to raise funds.

He had claimed he was entitled to "use of the paintings" under the terms of a lease.

But trustees of the 4,500-acre Savernake Estate near Marlborough disputed his claim and said the paintings were not part of the lease.

The High Court judge ruled against the earl at a hearing in London.

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