Masked, out on licence and hunting for ?70,000: the burglar shot in farm couple's bedroom
PUBLISHED September 5, 2012
Andy and Tracey Ferrie were woken in their remote cottage in the early hours by the sound of breaking glass and were confronted by masked Daniel Mansell, 33.
Mansell, who was out of prison on licence, claimed he was acting on a tip-off that there was £70,000 of cash in the house, and that it was being used to grow cannabis.
There was no evidence that any cash or cannabis was in the property, prosecutors said.
A shotgun was fired and Mansell was wounded in the hand. He fled the scene through a kitchen window and later attended the Leicester Royal Infirmary, where he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. Today he pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal at Loughborough Magistrates court, appearing with his arm in a sling.
Sally Cook, prosecuting, explained that Mr and Mrs Ferrie had been woken in the early hours by the sound of breaking glass and had been confronted in their bedroom by a masked man.