Burglars. Expect to be shot

A good judge in the UK gets it spot on:

A judge has defended the rights of people to protect their homes, telling two burglars shot during a break-in: “That is the chance you take.”

Joshua O’Gorman and Daniel Mansell were blasted with a legally-held shotgun after they smashed their way into the isolated rural home of a businessman, Andy Ferrie, and his wife Tracey last month.

The two men, who have a string of convictions between them, were arrested when they arrived at hospital seeking treatment for their injuries. Mr and Mrs Ferrie were also arrested and questioned for more than 40 hours on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. They were later released without charge.

O’Gorman and Mansell appeared at Leicester Crown Court where they were both jailed for four years after admitting burglary.

In a move welcomed by justice campaigners, Judge Michael Pert QC, told the pair they could not expect any leniency simply because they had been wounded in the incident.

He told them: “If you burgle a house in the country where the householder owns a legally-held shotgun, that is the chance you take. You cannot come to court and ask for a lighter sentence because of it.”

Did they expect to get a nice cup of tea?

  • symgardiner

    Shot!

  • blokeintakapuna

    Why were they held for 40 hours? They should have received a police / judicial commendation, photo opportunities with the media, treated as local hero’s, and given awards – plus the thieves should be made to pay for all the damage by any of the shot missing them, as well as the cost of the ammo the farmer incurred shooting them!… and none of the BS paying $10 a week either!
    That scenario is a perfect example of why it should be completely legal – encouraged even – to shoot and kill anyone breaking and entering your home in the wee small hours – because they aint there to sell you Tupperware or Avon! Shoot the fuckers!
    Public service eliminating societies’ scum of recidivist offenders. Shame he didn’t have plenty more ammo…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EEU77QS65SSYYY7IP4SVNQC6FM .kerry

      They wouldnt question me for 40 hours,I would tell them to just put me in front of a jury,doubt I would even engage a lawyer.

  • phronesis

    The most difficult decision is whether to use no9 shot and take the skin off the buggers, 3′s to slow em down a bit, 00 to stop them or solids to finish em. Luckily I have a 10 round semi so I just mix it up a bit.

  • Charles

    Be a cold day in hell if this ever happens in NZ. More likely to be victimised by police following such an incident here.

    • jokeintakapuna

      well you know who to see ….your local young nat in the area ask if they may be able to help

  • cows4me

    Shit I bet the liberals are spinning. Poor judge , he’ll be on the short list for compulsory retirement now. I’m sure he will now be branded an activist (conservative) judge,said with hissing voices, and thus a traitor of the state. How dare the peasants defend themselves, only the state hands out defense.

  • Troy

    I doubt if our judges would ever have the balls (or tits whichever applies) to do the same here. Their yellow-bellied liberal view on home invasion would no doubt prevent it. I suspect also that jurisprudence is a dirty word on judges benches these days – but who has oversight of this – the very well paid Chief Justice who sits back and watches and does fuck all to keep judges in line. It’s time she was held to account, ultimately.

  • Kiwidon

    Just remember you fired the warning shot first………

  • Chris

    Should have used a few of these:

    A shotgun slug is a heavy lead projectile, that may have pre-cut rifling, intended for use in a shotgun and often used for hunting large game. The first effective shotgun slug was introduced by Wilhelm Brenneke in 1898, and his design remains in use today. Most shotgun slugs are designed to be fired through a smoothbore barrel.

  • http://elephanza.blogspot.co.nz/ Duncan Brown

    Give that judge a knighthood

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