'My 11 months of hell for protecting my family from a burglar'
47-year-old dad of three Carl Sinclair is a free man after being charged with attacking a burglar who threatened his home and family while they slept.
The former railway safety Manager confronted criminal Hughie Hendry when he heard the front door being tampered with - punching him to the ground. His wife called the police who later arrested Hendry, but it was Carl who was charged and spent almost a year fearing a potential three to five year jail sentence for ‘wounding’ Hendry. Thankfully, a jury took minutes to clear him - but Carl says it never should have got to that point: his life has been ‘left in tatters’ and he’s been made to feel like a ‘nasty criminal’ for simply protecting his family.
He joins us alongside his wife Nicola who both believe our justice system needs changing and that victims should be ‘protected, not punished’.