Animal rights activist convicted over fake blood protest

Dylan Roffey spread fake blood over a McDonald's

Thursday, September 12, 2019

An animal rights activist who smeared fake blood over a McDonald’s restaurant in Brighton has been convicted of criminal damage.

McDonald’s assistant manager Robert Frost said around 20 protesters including activist Dylan Roffey “overwhelmed” security at the fast food chain on the evening of May 18.

“One of them had a loudspeaker chanting slogans about how there is animals being killed and they began throwing red paint, to show blood, across the premises,” he said.

Roffey wore a pig mask during the protest and said her actions were legal because she was trying to save animals from slaughter.

The 24-year-old said she was not “intentionally trying to damage anything” and the red substance smeared on the restaurant’s floor was a “completely edible” mixture of flour and food dye.

However Judge Amanda Kelly rejected her defence and found her guilty of criminal damage.

“I have a lot of respect for a young woman with strong principles which you clearly do but this is not the way to go about it,” she said.

“Notwithstanding the fact that the mixture was flour, water and food dye... the damage need not be permanent in order to be criminal.”

Last week Roffey was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work for an unrelated assault. She has had a further 60 hours added to her sentence.

She must also pay £50 compensation to McDonald's, costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £85.

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