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Senior judge backs householders

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.

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Burglars can expect to be shot, judge warns

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:

I make it plain that, in my judgment, being shot is not mitigation.

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.

– Michael Pert QC

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