Farmer (83) weeps when cleared of GBH after he was taken to court for shooting suspected thief
An 83-year-old farmer in the UK wept when he was cleared of Gross Bodily Harm (GBH) of a trespasser.
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service is facing questions over its decision to prosecute an 83-year-old farmer for shooting a trespasser in self defence, after it took a jury just 24 minutes to acquit him.
Breaking down in tears as jurors cleared him of Gross Bodily Harm, Kenneth Hugill criticised the CPS for bringing forward the case against him in the first place.
Speaking outside of Hull Crown Court, Mr Hugill and his family said the case, which put him through 16 months of torment, had been “unjustified” from the outset.
The decision to clear Mr Hugill comes more than a year after he was arrested on his Yorkshire farm for shooting at a vehicle revving it’s engine close to the family home, which resulted in the driver, Richard Stables, receiving medical treatment for a foot wound.
Following the incident, Mr Hugill and his son David, 50, were arrested, as armed police and forensic officers were alleged to have told the family that they were searching the farm for “hostages”.
The pair were then arrested, had DNA and fingerprint samples taken, and were held in custody for several hours.
Mr Stables, who was treated for a gunshot wound, later admitted he been on the property with friends in order to go lamping, a form of night-shooting, but was not charged with an offence.