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Two men acquitted of BAE criminal damage

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Two men, the Reverend Daniel Woodhouse and Samuel Walton, have been acquitted of criminal damage at a base owned by the arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, in Warton, Lancashire. The two men had tried to disable aircraft bound for Saudi Arabia, and argued that they had justification for doing so due to the role the aircraft would play in bombing Yemen and in causing imminent damage, destruction and death to civilians in that conflict. The defendants, one a Methodist Minister and the other a Quaker, relied heavily on their religious convictions to explain their actions. Further details can be found here.  Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh was instructed by Bindmans.