Junkie trio break into house, armed with meat-tenderizing hammer, cable ties and Molotov cocktail, one shot dead by homeowner, others flee.
A 72-year-old man who shot dead a burglar he caught breaking into his caravan in the middle of the night was today jailed for illegally owning the shotgun without a licence.
][Sentencing judge] Dugdale said: 'I have given this case a great deal of thought over the last two weeks after I sentenced Mr Hearn and it is a difficult matter.
'The whole case is a very sad one as I know you acknowledge. I have to sentence you for the crime you have committed which is possessing that shotgun without a licence.'
He added: 'I have to consider what your intention was for having that firearm in your possession and the fact was it was not held in your possession for what would be regarded as normal use of a shotgun, such as for clay pigeon shooting or some other form of game shooting.
'It was owned by you for what you said was for your protection.'
'It was kept by you for self-defence which will never be a reason for owning a shotgun in this country.'