He’s the sort of judge we could do with in this country.
He has just banged up a couple of burglars who were shot by a homeowner who was later arrested.
While sentencing the buggers to four years in the slammer, he delivered a stern warning:
‘If you burgle a house in the country where the householder owns a legally held shotgun, that is the chance you take’.
That’s a class act from the judge.
The two ratbags broke in to the home of a businessman, named Andy Ferrie, near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.
This Ferrie feller was no pushover and fired a legally-owned shotgun at them after discovering the masked raiders in his kitchen.
Then (as you will learn here) he called the cops to tell them he fired the shotgun.
Big mistake. He and his wife Tracey were arrested and held in custody for 40 hours on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
The couple were later bailed and told they would not face criminal charges.
The burglars – hurrah – got what was coming.
They both had a string of previous convictions and pleaded guilty to the break-in .
Sentencing the pair, Judge Michael Pert QC told them their injuries – O’Gorman was shot in the face and Mansell was hit in his right hand – were not included, in his opinion, as part of their sentence or defence.
He said: ‘I make it plain that, in my judgment, being shot is not mitigation.
‘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.’
One of the tossers was bearing the scar from the gunshot wound on the right side of his face.
The other had his arm in a sling.
One of ’em had been released from prison in May last year after serving part of a six-year sentence for wounding with intent.
It seems he got his fair dues this time.
But the defence counsel for one of them came up with a sob story.
He said being shot, for his client, was akin to a ‘near-death experience’ for which he was not prepared.
His injuries have left him with blurred vision in his eye, severe pain and problems with his balance.
But in response to the suggestion this felon had been traumatised by the experience, Judge Pert said the arrest of Mr and Mrs Ferrie was just as severe.
Good for him.
In this country, sad to say, the Ferries would have been locked up and the felons given zillions of dollars in ACC compensation.