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72-year-old man who fatally shot armed home intruder jailed for having a gun without a license

By Emily Lewis 8:43 AM December 12, 2017
Wayne Digby (L) and Reuben Gregory

An elderly man who was cleared of murder for killing an armed intruder was jailed for having a gun without a license.

72-year-old Reuben Gregory from Slough, England, woke up to his sister screaming as she heard people breaking into their trailer home.

Gregory armed himself with a gun and shot in the direction of the men who were using a meat cleaver to break down his door.

Gregory then called the police to report the shooting. Police found the body of 48-year-old Wayne Digby not far from the scene.

Officers said that they found a meat-tenderizing hammer, cable ties, bolt cutters, and ingredients for a crude Molotov cocktail near Digby’s body.

Digby’s accomplice Anthony Hearn was caught and arrested. He later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Gregory was also arrested at the time on suspicion of murder but the charge was dropped. He was not freed. Instead, he was charged with possession of an unlicensed gun.

Reading Crown Court Judge Paul Dugdale said he took into consideration the fact that in the 1980s, Gregory had been the victim of a robbery during which he was tied up and robbed.

“There is no doubt that you were the victim of a serious aggravated burglary and a serious attempt to get into your caravan,” the judge said.

However, the judge added that firearms must be licensed and registered to keep the community safe.

Gregory told the court that he had attempted to obtain a shotgun certificate at Langley Police Station but his request was denied because his trailer was not secure enough.

Judge Dugdale sentenced Gregory to 10 months in prison with the second half of his sentence to be served on probation.