AN MP has welcomed the news that a couple will not face charges after two men were shot during a burglary.
Rutland MP Alan Duncan said earlier this week that “justice should support” Andrew and Tracey Ferrie, who were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm following an incident at their home in Welby on the outskirts of Melton.
Police were called by Mr Ferrie who told them a group of men had broken into his home at 12.26am on Sunday. He stated that during the course of the incident he had fired a legally-held shotgun and the intruders had left the scene.
About five minutes later the ambulance service notified police they had been called to a man with injuries consistent with shotgun injuries.
A second man went to Leicester Royal Infirmary with similar injuries.
Mr and Mrs Ferrie, who are believed to run a caravan and motor home business in Melton, were arrested. They were released on bail on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday night, the Crown Prosecution Service released a statement stating they would not face charges.
Chief crown prosecutor for the East Midlands Judith Walker said: “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.”
Mr Duncan welcomed the news and said: “This is the right decision. As I argued immediately after they were arrested, it is the burglars who are the criminals not the victims and I am delighted that justice has prevailed.
“I hope that Mr and Mrs Ferrie will now be able to move on from their ordeal in the knowledge that they have been exonerated and that their actions were entirely proportionate and reasonable.”
Before the couple were released from police custody, Mr Ferrie’s stepfather, Maris Spilner, 60, of Branston Road, Uppingham, said the couple had been preparing to emigrate to Australia next year and that he believed the pair had been broken into “a couple of times at least” in the time they had lived in the cottage.
He said: “If someone breaks into your home it’s a violation of your privacy.”
Joshua O’Gorman, 27, of The Wayne Way, Leicester, and Daniel Mansell, 33, of Howden Rise, Leicester, appeared at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with burglary.
Mansell, who indicated a guilty plea, was remanded into custody and committed to crown court for sentencing on September 25.
No plea was entered for O’Gorman who was also remanded into custody. His case was adjourned until Friday next week for a committal hearing.
Two other men, aged 31 and 33, arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, were bailed pending further inquiries.