Wednesday, February 24, 2016

UK: Jury Aquits Farmer who Wounded Intruder

To be clear, this occurred in 2002!  I came across it while doing research.  It is a worthwhile anecdote in opposition to the Tony Martin case.

A farmer who shot and injured a man he believed to be a burglar walked free from court yesterday.

Father-of-two Frederick Hemstock, 55, fired at Gary Smith after he discovered him trespassing on his land in the early hours of the morning.

As he wept tears of relief yesterday, a judge criticised the lack of police response to a 999 call made by Mr Hemstock's wife, Wendy. She had been told that officers would not turn out unless property had actually been stolen.

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