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‘Expect to be shot if you burgle gun owners’, judge warns criminals

Martin Evans and Sam Marsden
London Telegraph [1]
Sept 27, 2012


He told them: “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.”


The judge’s remarks were widely welcomed by those arguing that the justice system needs to be more on the side of the victim of crime rather than the perpetrator.

Alan Duncan, the international development minister and the Ferries’ constituency MP, backed the couple’s actions at the time and welcomed the sentence and the judge’s remarks.

Speaking from the United Nations in New York, the Tory minister said: “Three cheers for the judge; he has been robust and sensible. Justice has been done and, as I said from the start, the culprits are the culprits and the victims are the victims. The police did a very good job and investigated as thoroughly as they had to when a firearm is involved.”

Full article here [1]