Public raise money to pay legal bills of farmer (83) cleared of shooting a suspected thief
The family of an 83-year-old farmer cleared of shooting a suspected thief on his land have welcomed a fund to pay his £30,000 legal costs.
Lawyer Nick Freeman set up the fundraising page for Kenneth Hugill after a jury at Hull Crown Court found the pensioner not guilty of grievous bodily harm in just 24 minutes last week.
Mr Hugill shot Richard Stables in the foot when he fired his shotgun in the dark towards a car he believed was going to run him over on his isolated farm in Wilberfoss, East Yorkshire.
He walked free from court on Friday but his son David revealed the family had been left with a legal bill of at least £30,000, which they would have to borrow and pay back over 20 to 30 years.
Mr Freeman, who is known as Mr Loophole, said he was "incensed" at the decision to prosecute Mr Hugill and started the JustGiving page to help pay the legal bill.
The page has raised more than £3,500 since it was set up on Sunday.
Megan Carr, 22, Mr Hugill's granddaughter, said any money raised would "make a huge amount of difference".
She said: "I think it's obviously a great thing, the page has been set up for a good cause.