Farmer Kenneth Hugill, 83, has gone on trial for shooting a convicted burglar he thought was stealing diesel from his isolated home
A farmer who shot a convicted burglar he thought was stealing diesel from his farm cried outside court today after a jury took just 24 minutes to clear him of GBH.
Father-of-three Kenneth Hugill, 83, who had two hip replacements and a heart-bypass operation, was arrested, finger printed and forced to fund his own £30,000 defence after he shot Richard Stables, 44, in the foot outside his isolated farmhouse at Wilberfoss, near York.
British citizens have the right to self defense. What they do not have is a right to arms. Mr. Hugill had been given his shotgun on his 21st birthday, by his parents, over 60 years ago.
The Police are still holding his shotgun. The judge said that it would be up to the chief constable to determine if Mr. Hugill's license would be renewed.
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