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Local MP support the couple who shot two suspected burglars reigniting debate over householders rights

Date: (4 September 2012)    |    

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The rights of householders has come into focus once again when the debate about their rights has been reignited after the arrest of a ‘law abiding’ couple over the shooting of two alleged burglars.

The relatives and neighbours of Andy Ferrie, 35, and his wife Tracey, 43, the couple who were arrested, have said that the couple had been target of repeated raids at their isolated cottage.

While the couple was still in custody their local MP, Tory Alan Duncan has come out in support of the couple saying they were the victims and should be free to defend their property.
International development minister Mr Duncan argued that if this is a straightforward case of someone using a shotgun to defend themselves against burglars in the dead of night, then the police should prosecute the burglars and not his constituents.
The householder is the victim here and justice should support them and prosecute the burglars.
Mr and Mrs Ferrie were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after dialling 999 in the early hours of Sunday when their home near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, was broken into by four men.
Mr Ferrie, a businessman running a mobile home and caravan repair business, had told police he fired a legally-owned shotgun at the alleged intruders, injuring two.
At around the same time, one of the injured men called an ambulance, and the second man later admitted himself to hospital.
The two men and two alleged accomplices were all arrested at the hospital and the pair’s injuries were said not to be life-threatening.

Last night, Mr and Mrs Ferrie were still being held by police, more than 36 hours after the terrifying raid.
The case comes as the Government prepares to introduce legislation to clarify the law on a homeowner’s right to defend their property from intruders. The debate first rose to prominence in 1999 when farmer Tony Martin shot dead 16-year-old Fred Barras at his Norfolk home.
The farmer received a life sentence for murder at Norwich Crown Court in April 2000, but this was reduced by the Appeal Court to five years for manslaughter and he was released in 2003.