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.
"It will make a huge amount of difference. We're not on a farm that's got a lot of money, we can't afford to pay those legal fees."
She added: "It's a shock, to be fair, I don't think any of us were expecting it at all.
"All of a sudden, we've got all this support."
David Hugill, 50, said the response to his father's acquittal had been "truly amazing" and thanked all those who had supported the family.
Last week, he described how police took 15 hours to respond to a call he made and arrived at the farm with armed colleagues, forensic officers, a helicopter and an ambulance, saying they were looking for hostages.
Mr Hugill and David were arrested, photographed, fingerprinted, had DNA samples taken and were locked in police cells for three to four hours.
Mr Stables gave three different accounts about how he received his injuries and, when interviewed by police, said he had been out lamping with a friend and had stopped at Mr Hugill's farm to let the dog out.
Mr Freeman told The Press Association he felt that Mr Hugill had been "betrayed" by the criminal justice system and should never have been prosecuted.
He said he wanted to highlight the problem of innocent people being left with large debts as a result of being taken to court and for the Government to consider changing the law.
Mr Freeman said: "I thought he'd been badly let down by the legal system, an elderly man who clearly was doing the right thing from a legal perspective, who's left, not only having to endure a horrendous trial, but with a financial shortfall of about £30,000 that he says he's going to have to repay over the next 30 years.
"How can you have the presumption of innocence and be acquitted very quickly and then be left with £30,000 debt? You have been punished massively for something you're innocent of. How is that fair?"