Frightened and furious householders have the right to get rid of burglars in their homes, the most senior judge in England and Wales has said.
"If your home is burgled and you're in there, you have the right to get rid of the burglar," the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said.
He was speaking after judge Michael Pert QC said yesterday that being shot by homeowners was simply a chance that burglars took.
Jailing burglars Joshua O'Gorman and Daniel Mansell for four years each, the judge told Leicester Crown Court: "I make it plain that, in my judgment, being shot is not mitigation.
Asked about the comments at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London today, Lord Judge said: "I take a very serious view about an offence of burglary. He added:
The Lord Chief Justice admitted that "occasionally it looks as if the householder is the criminal", but said: "Well, the householder is not in a position to exercise calm, cool, judgment;
Lord Judge said it was "not a matter of being sentimental". He added:
O'Gorman and Mansell, who have a string of convictions between them, were blasted with a legally-owned shotgun by Andy Ferrie as they attempted to ransack his isolated farm cottage in the early hours of September 2.
O'Gorman, who was shot in the face, and Mansell, who was hit in his right hand, had pleaded guilty to the break-in in Welby, near Melton Mowbray, at an earlier hearing.
A homeowner from Stockport, who stabbed to death a burglar, has said that he has to live with a life sentence knowing he killed a man.
Speaking on Daybreak, Vincent Cooke, said: "I was protecting my family."