Welby farm shooting: Second man admits burglary
A man has admitted breaking into a cottage where the homeowner shot him and another burglar.
Joshua O'Gorman pleaded guilty to burglary at Loughborough Magistrates' Court yesterday.
The 27-year-old was treated for facial injuries at Leicester Royal Infirmary after being shot as he burgled Welby Cottage, in Welby, near Melton, in the early hours of Sunday, September 2.
Co-accused Daniel Mansell was also shot. The 33-year-old admitted burglary when he appeared at the court last week.
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Householder Andy Ferrie, 35, and wife Tracey, 43, were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after Mr Ferrie called police to tell them he had fired his shotgun at intruders in his home.
The Crown Prosecution Service later said no action would be taken against the couple.
O'Gorman, of The Wayne Way, Crown Hills, Leicester, appeared in court yesterday via a video link.
The scar from the gunshot wound was clearly visible.
The hearing was told O'Gorman was still on licence when he committed the burglary, having been jailed for 14 months last year at Leicester Crown Court for dangerous driving.
He has 16 previous convictions for 27 offences, including for a non-dwelling house burglary in 2002.
Both O'Gorman and Mansell, of Harrowden Rise, Crown Hills, Leicester, have been remanded into custody and will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on September 25.
Mr Ferrie used the legally-owned gun when he and his wife were disturbed at their isolated home.
The pair went to bed at about 10.15pm on September 1 and were woken hours later by banging and the sound of breaking glass.
Two other men arrested after the incident, a 31-year-old and a 23-year-old, have been bailed pending further inquiries.