LINDSAY Newell refused to comment in police interviews following her arrest on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to animals at the Burton Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre.
On day three of the trial at Stafford Magistrates’ Court, two police interviews were read out to District Judge David Taylor. Newell, 27, of Lincoln Road, replied with ‘no comment’ to all questions during a 44 minute interview at Burton Police Station in December 2012.
Instead she gave a written statement to police ahead of the interview which said: ‘I Lindsay Newell can say that I am an experienced animal keeper and have taken all reasonable steps to ensure the animals don’t come to any harm. I can also say I have taken all reasonable steps to make sure their needs are being met.’
Questions put to her included ones about individual animals, including a Canada Goose that had no foot and exposed bones that had become blackened, and questions about where the animals had come to the rescue centre from.
In a second interview she also answered no comment to all the questions.
Nigel Weller, defending, implied that the way the police worded the interview at the beginning led to her refusing to comment, claiming she had been ‘lulled into a false sense of security.’
He said: “If my client is found guilty she could go to jail for six months and be banned for life from keeping animals.”