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Wednesday, 22 May, 2002, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
Freedom for man who shot burglar
A Fermanagh man who shot a suspected burglar has walked free from from Enniskillen Crown Court.

The trial judge directed the jury that Paul Hoy from Lisnarick should be found not guilty on all charges including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The judge agreed with the defence submission that the evidence of the two men who had gone to his remote house in December 2000 was too unreliable for any of the charges to proceed.

Defence counsel said Joseph Teague, the man who was shot, and Andrew Birney had "lied and lied again" in the witness box.

Police described the men as well-known local criminals with lengthy records.

They denied they had intended to break into Mr Hoy's home, claiming they had gone to look for water for their car.

Mr Hoy, who had a shotgun, confronted the men and shot Joseph Teague twice before he ran off.

Outside the court, Mr Hoy said he was glad "justice had been done".

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