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Vincent Cooke, who was cleared of stabbing a burglar to death, has told Daybreak that he has to live with a life sentence knowing he killed a man.
A judge has told two burglars permanently injured when they were shot by a homeowner: "That is the chance you take."
Judge Michael Pert QC jailed Joshua O'Gorman and Daniel Mansell for four years each after rejecting a plea that he take the shooting into account.
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.
Comments by senior judges defending the right of homeowners to shoot at burglars could encourage more people to open fire on intruders, anti-gun campaigners warned last night.
Gill Marshall-Andrews, the chair of the Gun Control Network, speaking to the the Independent said she feared such remarks could lead more people to turn shotguns on intruders. She added;
Asked about the comments made by Michael Pert QC at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, Lord Judge said:
Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge was speaking after judge Michael Pert QC said 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:
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.
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Frightened and furious householders have the right to get rid of burglars in their homes, a senior judge has said.