And what do we read in the 'Telegraph' scant hours later?
Mansell was out of prison on licence, after being released in March last year for a previous offence of grievous bodily harm. He had previous convictions for burglary of dwellings.Shocker, eh? And who thinks that fact wouldn't have been IMMEDIATELY available to the police?
And they are now washing their hands of the whole affair and passing the buck to the CPS, who are dropping it like the hot potato it is:
Judith Walker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: “Andy and Tracey Ferrie were released on police bail yesterday (Tuesday 4 September 2012) after being questioned about the shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning at their home near Melton Mowbray.
“Earlier this afternoon, the head of the East Midlands Complex Casework Unit, Lawrence English, visited the scene of the incident to see for himself whether the accounts given by Mr and Mrs Ferrie were consistent with other evidence of what happened.
"Looking at the evidence, it is clear to me that Mr and Mrs Ferrie did what they believed was necessary to protect themselves, and their home, from intruders.
"As Crown Prosecutors we look at all cases on their merit and according to the evidence in the individual case. I am satisfied that this is a case where householders, faced with intruders in frightening circumstances, acted in reasonable self defence.
“The law is clear that anyone who acts in good faith, using reasonable force, doing what they honestly feel is necessary to protect, their families or their property, will not be prosecuted for such action.
“We have therefore advised Leicestershire Police that Mr and Mrs Ferrie should be released from their bail as they will not face any charges over what happened.”I'm sure that's a great comfort to them as they now face the uphill struggle of having to get their property (their gun) back, they will have to face awkward questions should they ever need a visa for the states (for an 'offence' that, as SAoT points out at 'Counting Cats' wouldn't even be a crime there) and they may face reprisals from the scumbags unless they really do move to Australia. And who could blame them?
Meanwhile, in the States, this old boy will probably be awarded the keys to the town. Which, by the way, is a town where, as a result, you really do need 'courage' to be a burglar, unlike East Cleveland... :/