I say unsurprisingly because his defence was...well, see for yourself:
A Norfolk man who shot his neighbours at close range after a bitter feud over their choice of dog yesterday denied he had wanted to kill them but said he wanted to “break their hearts” by shooting their pets.He’s not really being his own best witness, is he?
He said eventually his wife’s health suffered so much he decided to re mortgage their home in Nordeplh for £166,000 which they used to go on a world trip.Didn’t do too bad for a beginner then!
When they returned in May last year they rented a flat in Hertford but he had gone back to the home in Nordelph in June and picked up a gun which he had left with a friend and told him he wanted to “shoot a couple of dogs.”
“I wanted to shoot the dogs and break their hearts the way they had broken our hearts.”
He said he brought the gun about 15 to 20 years ago and never had a certificate for it as he did not think he needed one: “I have never fired a gun in my life.”
He was outside his home when the Venns arrived back and came sweeping onto his half of the shared driveway in their car.And yet, despite this clear evidence, his defence is that ‘he didn’t mean to harm them’.
Barrett said he just saw red.
“I was in a complete and utter turmoil.”
He said he smashed the car windscreen with a shovel and then picked up the gun and had shot Mr Venn and then had relaoded and shot at Mrs Venn who was going to call the police.
He said he had not meant to kill Mr Venn and had only fired the gun at Mrs Venn to scare her and did not intend to hurt her.He thought his gun fired magic ammunition that would only kill animals, then?
Afterwards he said he could not believe how he came to be in this position: “It’s destroyed me.”Yes. Because it’s all about you, isn’t it?
He's clearly utterly lacking in self-awareness:
...Barrett told the Venns he would let his home to 'the most horrible people you can find in Wisbech'.Weren't they already living there?