Malcolm White will face wounding charge after shooting man who raided his Whitbourne cannabis farm

Malcolm White and Josephine Merrick

The small holding at Whitbourne where police discovered a cannabis farm

First published in News

THE homeowner in the drugs farm burglary in which one of the raiders was shot and lost a leg has been charged with malicious wounding, we can reveal today.

Yesterday, the two men who carried out the burglary at Whitbourne were jailed for a total of 23 years.

Robert Richards suffered massive injuries but his life was saved by accomplice Darren Randall who was jailed for a total of 13 years and four months.

Wolverhampton Crown Court was told that Richards, aged 30, was shot by Malcolm White after the gang targeted the rural smallholding he shared with partner Josephine Merrick in Stocking Lane, Whitbourne, to steal £65,000 of cannabis together with money and valuables.

The two men were arrested after seeking help at a Chinese restuarant in Leigh Sinton, near Worcester.

Meanwhile police called to reports of the burglary had discovered a large-scale cannabis farm at the couple’s small-holding home.

The court was told a decision had not yet been taken on whether to charge White with the shooting, but police later said a man in his 60s was due to appear at Hereford Magistrates Court this month charged with unlawful and malicious wounding.

After yesterday’s sentencing, Detective Sergeant Frank Real of Hereford CID said: “This was not an opportunistic burglary but a planned operation carried out by a professional criminal outfit.

“Richards and Randall spent a great deal of time planning this burglary and went to the house in Whitbourne on that evening well prepared with cable ties, balaclavas and gloves with the intention of parting Merrick and White from their possessions.

“Offences like this are extremely unusual in our force area and this has been a highly complex investigation.

“I would like to thank members of the public living in the local communities of Whitbourne and Leigh Sinton for their help and co-operation while we carried out our inquiries into this incident.”

 

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1:49pm Sat 9 Feb 13

jdeb11 says...

I should think so too !! Yes he was protecting his property.... his large scale cannabis farm! Absolutely , those men had no right to be there to rob, but there is no mention they went armed, just equipped . You have to wonder if they would have thought to go and rob his property if it wasn t for the large amount of illegal drugs there in the first place!!! I think he s damned lucky he isn t getting charged with attempted murder!
I should think so too !! Yes he was protecting his property.... his large scale cannabis farm! Absolutely , those men had no right to be there to rob, but there is no mention they went armed, just equipped . You have to wonder if they would have thought to go and rob his property if it wasn t for the large amount of illegal drugs there in the first place!!! I think he s damned lucky he isn t getting charged with attempted murder! jdeb11
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3:47pm Sat 9 Feb 13

psychoflump says...

^ So it's ok to charge someone for defending their property if they have something worth stealing? Sure, charge him for growing cannabis, but not shooting this guy.

I don't have any cannabis plants under my stairs but if some little twit tried to rob me I'd kick his nuts in.
^ So it's ok to charge someone for defending their property if they have something worth stealing? Sure, charge him for growing cannabis, but not shooting this guy. I don't have any cannabis plants under my stairs but if some little twit tried to rob me I'd kick his nuts in. psychoflump
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7:11pm Sat 9 Feb 13

broken6 says...

Ther's no way to know whether the men were armed or not. So therefore if he has a legally owned gun and didn't shoot them while they were running away, the law will be on his side. He still has to go through the judicial system like anyone else. Just to get all the facts and for them to make an informed decision.
Ther's no way to know whether the men were armed or not. So therefore if he has a legally owned gun and didn't shoot them while they were running away, the law will be on his side. He still has to go through the judicial system like anyone else. Just to get all the facts and for them to make an informed decision. broken6
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10:17pm Sat 9 Feb 13

lizzyloolah says...

He had guns that he did not have a licence for and he had a major weed operation on the go. I image thats why he had weapons illegally and that it was his intention to shoot anyone who might try to steal his drugs should the opportunity arise.... which it did. I hope they end up in the same jail.
He had guns that he did not have a licence for and he had a major weed operation on the go. I image thats why he had weapons illegally and that it was his intention to shoot anyone who might try to steal his drugs should the opportunity arise.... which it did. I hope they end up in the same jail. lizzyloolah
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12:56pm Sun 10 Feb 13

MJI says...

What a stupid thing to arrest him for.
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The idiot burglar should not have tried robbing him then he would still have both legs.
What a stupid thing to arrest him for. . The idiot burglar should not have tried robbing him then he would still have both legs. MJI
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