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Posted on 09/08/2012 11:05:45 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy
A COUPLE held by police for 66 hours after robbers were shot at their cottage spoke for the first time yesterday about their living nightmare following their arrest. Businessman Andy Ferrie, 35, said he opened fire simply to protect his precious, lovely wife Tracey.
She revealed she became so terrified after their arrest she thought cops would NEVER release them. And between them, they told of a shocking ordeal in which they were THROWN in separate police cells wearing grey prison-style tracksuits and black plimsolls; GRILLED by cops in a series of interviews; BANNED from talking to each other, and HANDCUFFED for a bewildering court appearance.
Andy told how he plumbed the depths of despair when he was told a possible charge against him had been upgraded from GBH to attempted murder.
And he became so anxious he could not eat a single morsel of food.
Tracey, 43, said: I was completely petrified by the events. Being locked up in a police station cell just yards from my husband but banned from talking to him was agony.
When I can get some sleep now I wake up with a start and think Im back in the cell. Its mortifying and stomach turning.
Andy and Tracey were woken by the sound of breaking glass just after midnight a week ago at their isolated cottage near Melton Mowbray, Leics.
The panic-stricken pair leapt from their bed Andy naked and sales rep Tracey in just pants and socks to find four intruders.
Andy fired at them with a shotgun used for clay pigeon shoots by country sports fan Tracey.
wo men were later arrested after going to hospital for treatment to wounds. Andy, who cannot talk in detail about the events for legal reasons, said: I was petrified, scared stiff. I only did what any other bloke would have done given the situation. Im no hero or hard man. I did what I did to protect my precious, lovely wife.
I put my hand on my heart to say I took a calculated shot to scare, hurt and to get people out of my house. I was only a few feet away I could have shot to kill but I didnt. Daft as it sounds I was relieved later when I was told the injuries I had caused were not life threatening. The events of the last few days have scarred us for life.
There was another scare for the couple when armed cops arrived outside. Andy, who has a motorhome repair business, said: All I could see was shadows in the darkness. I bellowed, How do I know its the police prove it. I was only sure when an officer dressed in what looked like SAS gear approached the window. I saw his hands tap a semi-automatic weapon he was holding and he shone a torch on his badge.
Me and Tracey were both just overcome with emotion. Tracey said: There were police vehicles everywhere and a helicopter with spotlights above us. Our little cottage looked like something out of CSI.
ut the devoted couples ordeal was far from over as they were carted off to the custody block of a nick in Leicester.
Andy, who stands 6ft 3in and is known by friends as a gentle giant, said: The worst part was knowing Tracey was just down the corridor but I couldnt see her. I kept asking the officers how she was but they just kept saying, Shes fine.
Going into the little exercise yard where I was told she had just been made me feel a bit better and close to her. I felt like some teenage kid wanting to be near a girl he fancies. It was crazy. He added: When I was told my case had been upgraded to attempted murder I just crumpled. I couldnt believe it and saw myself being sent to prison for a long, long time.
I was offered food but didnt eat for the whole 66 hours we were held.
Tracey said: Part of the nightmare was going to court in a police van so they could get an extension to carry on questioning. We were with each other but banned from talking.
She told how they were handcuffed as they entered and left the court building. And she said: I honestly didnt think I would be kept in custody at all.
I did admit to the police I had been holding a crowbar and a torch during what happened so I suppose that was seen as grounds to hold me.
Im only 5ft 2in and I freely admitted I would have used it in my own home to protect my husband and myself. I would have had a go.
She added: I was in my cell staring at the walls on Tuesday when I heard Andrew being spoken to in his cell. I heard them say attempted murder. My heart just froze and I thought things were getting out of control and we were never going to get out.
But the following day the pair were freed on bail. Hours later police called at the safe house where they are staying to tell them no charges would be brought.
Andy said: I couldnt believe it and just hugged Tracey for dear life. It was as if a weight had been lifted from our heads that was slowly crushing us.
But I still cannot believe the whole thing happened. Im not sleeping and really dont feel at all well. I suppose its still shock. I knew I was going to be arrested because I had just shot someone. There was no way round it. But the police were understanding, courteous to us throughout very professional.
The couple are hoping to emigrate to Australia to start a new life. Any criminal convictions would have wrecked their chances of visas.
Andy, who admits he became extremely security conscious after a previous unrelated break-in four years ago, said:
Going to Australia was a dream now its vital. But wherever we live I will have to have bars on the windows. Tracey said: I want to live a long way away to help me forget it.
A man has appeared before magistrates to admit aggravated burglary at the Ferries cottage. Another did not enter a plea. Two more men have been freed on bail in connection with the case.
"The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail its roof may shake the wind may blow through it the storm may enter the rain may enter but the King of England cannot enter all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!
-William Pitt the Elder, Speech on the Excise Bill, House of Commons (March 1763).
Some in the modern UK have apparently amended this so burglars and thieves may enter. Fortunately, not quite everyone agrees.
“The couple are hoping to emigrate to Australia to start a new life. Any criminal convictions would have wrecked their chances of visas.”
That is just so wrong.
Self defense is a crime in a tyranny
Clockwork Orange looks like common sense sometimes
A question for the Brits among us... what is GBH?
Based on my reading of British mysteries, I believe GBH is something like Grievous Bodily Harm
ASTOUNDING that anyone there defends their ‘system’. Sure, we have our problems, but in much (a growing) of this country, the cops like it when we plug the bad guys.
It’s little surprise that the pansy English are more concerned with the rights of murderous thugs than they are normal people. Did they expect him to defend himself against four thugs by surrendering himself to them and offering them tea? Then again, these are the same people who cowered and did nothing to stop the V2 rockets from scorching their land until America came along.
Let's not go overboard here.
Inflction of grevious bodily harm, equivalent to an F4 here. More thanfor a year in prison possible.
Inflction of grevious bodily harm, equivalent to an F4 here. More than a year in prison possible.
Hopefully 2012 will also happen and keep 1776 from being a waste of time.
What good is going to Australia? Didn’t they pass a gun control law after that maniac killed 25 people at a tourist vacation spot?
Your knowledge of WW II is kinda limited, huh?
Huh? Doesn’t sound like the same WWII history I read.
We overran the launch sites and bombed the crap out of Peenemunde and Friedrichshafen, you pretentious wuss.
In any case: the V2 program was an expensive failure and a misallocation of materials that actually served to shorten the war in the Allies favour.
Seriously: you should open a history book instead of serially-masturbating in front of war-films.
Doing the work of unionized police, without authorization?
Great Bodily Harm probably.
When are Brits going to realize you need to kill the criminal, preferably quietly, and just bury them...
"Better to keep silent, and let people think you are a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".