The partner of a Warwickshire Hunt supporter who was killed by a gyrocopter's rotor blade spoke of her devastation after the aircraft's pilot was cleared of manslaughter.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court took seven-and-a-half hours to acquit anti-hunting enthusiast Bryan Griffiths of killing Trevor Morse by gross negligence.
A two-week trial heard that Mr Morse's head was cleaved "from top to bottom" by the rear rotor of the gyrocopter as he tried to stop it from taking off.
Griffiths, 55, of Bedworth, left court without comment after being found not guilty of killing Mr Morse, who died on March 9 last year at Long Marston airfield in Warwickshire.
But Mr Morse's partner, who said she was neither for or against hunting, expressed disappointment at the outcome of the trial.
In a short statement issued by Warwickshire Police, Caroline Morse, Mr Morse's partner of 23 years, said: "I am absolutely devastated by this result.
"It has been a long 12 months since Trevor's tragic death and we are still coming to terms with our loss.
"The family is very grateful for the support we have received from Warwickshire Police throughout this investigation and trial."
The fatal incident was captured on camera by a witness and jurors were shown an edited video of the confrontation.
The panel heard that Mr Morse, 48, was killed instantly when he refused to move out of the way as Griffiths, who had been monitoring the Warwickshire Hunt from the air, drove towards him.
It was claimed in court that Griffiths believed he had been shot at from the ground and feared a "gang" was on the way to attack him.
Shortly after the fatal incident, hunt master Anthony Spencer arrived at the scene, as did pro-hunt activist Otis Ferry.
Mr Spencer told the court: "Mr Ferry turned up. He asked me if I was OK," adding that he (Mr Ferry) drove off a short time later.
It also emerged that Mr Ferry, son of 1970s pop star Bryan Ferry, had chatted briefly with Mr Morse hours before his death when their paths crossed on a roadside near Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire.
Speaking outside court after the case, a hunt monitor and friend of Griffiths, Judy Gilbert, said she was delighted and relieved by the verdict. Ms Gilbert said: "Of course we always knew ourselves that he was never guilty of any crime.
"He certainly didn't mean anybody any harm and it's just so sad to us that this tragedy has happened because people want to chase animals for sport and kill them, when it has been made illegal by our parliament."
Asked about Griffiths' reaction to the acquittal, she added: "I haven't spoken to him for long but I'm sure he is very, very relieved.
"He's a decent man, he's one of the most decent, honest, straight people that I have ever met in my life and it was just sad to see him go through this terrible trauma for the last year."
The jury heard that Mr Morse, a road monitor with the hunt, and one of the hunt masters had "a plan" to prevent the gyrocopter from taking off when it stopped to refuel.
Anthony Spencer, one of the hunt's six masters, said they had agreed to "pin it in" and keep it on the ground so they could take photographs of the pilot.
An eyewitness described how Mr Morse arrived at the airfield in his blue Land Rover, which he parked at the nose of the gyrocopter, and began taking pictures.
Michael Tipping, who described himself as an "aviation fanatic", told the court he found Mr Morse's manner "intrusive and aggressive".
Giving evidence during the trial, Mr Tipping said Griffiths had asked him to stay at the scene because he feared trouble was imminent.
In a further statement issued by Warwickshire Police, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Hill said: "This case had to be heard.
"The jury has listened to all the evidence and I respect the verdict they have returned. My thoughts are with Trevor's partner, Caroline, and the rest of his family at this time.
"I hope that now that the trial is over, they will be able to come to terms with their loss and start rebuilding their lives without him."