Melton Burglary Trial

Two men have been sentenced following the burglary at a house in Melton Mowbray in which the householder fired a legally held gun at two men entering his home.

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Melton Mowbray sentencing

Two men were jailed today at Leicester Crown Court for attempting to burgle a farm in Melton Mowbray, during which the homeowner shot at them.

Joshua O'Gorman and Daniel Mansell were sentenced to four years each. Sentencing them Judge Michael Pert QC said:

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 expect a lighter sentence.

– Judge Michael Pert QC

He also said that the property was deliberately targeted; it was in an isolated area, the men had to cross fields, what the men did involved significant planning, they went equipped and they went as a group.

Burglar who was shot admits burglary in Melton

A man from Leicester has admitted breaking into a remote cottage in Melton.

Joshua O'Gorman pleaded guilty to the burglary at Loughborough Magistrates court today. He was shot by the home owner of the house he broke into.

Daniel Mansell was the second burglar. He admitted to the offence in court last week. He was also shot by the home owner, Andy Ferrie, in the early hours of Sunday 3rd September, when the burglary took place.

Both men will appear at Leicester Crown Court for sentencing on 25th September.

Homeowners Andy Ferrie, 35, and his wife Tracey, 43, were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after Mr Ferrie called police to tell them he had fired his shotgun at intruders.

They were later bailed and were told that they would not face criminal charges.


Couple who defended their home against suspected burglars thank public for support

A Leicestershire couple involved in the shooting of suspected burglars at their home have expressed their thanks for public support.

"The past few days have been difficult beyond belief. We are grateful and humbled by the support we have received."

– Mr and Mrs Ferrie

Yesterday it was revealed the couple would not face any charges.

Police arrested them at their home in Welby near Melton after Mr Ferrie told them he opened fire on intruders. Two men appeared in court yesterday charged with burglary.

Daniel Mansell pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next month. Joshua O' Gorman did not enter a plea.

MP backs decision on farm shooting

Alan Duncan MP backs CPS decision over farm shooting Credit: PA Pictures

A decision not to press charges against a Leicestershire couple who used a gun to defend their home from intruders has been welcomed by their MP.

Alan Duncan said he was delighted that the Crown Prosecution Service wasn't taking criminal action against Andy and Tracey Ferrie. Two men have been charged with the burglary.

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