CLEAVER KILLING ‘JUS­TI­FIED’

Dad was fight­ing off bur­glar

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A DAD who killed a bur­glar with a meat cleaver was “jus­ti­fied”, a coroner has ruled.

Steven Shaw and his brother Craig broke into a house on the Best­wood Es­tate in Not­ting­ham in March last year.

In a “har­row­ing and bru­tal” at­tack, they as­saulted taxi driver Xiaopeng Wang and his wife, and also left the cou­ple’s baby in­jured.

The vi­o­lence only stopped when Mr Wang found a meat clever and hit Mr Shaw with it, caus­ing a “sharp force trauma” to his head.

At Mr Shaw’s in­quest on Mon­day, Not­ting­hamshire Coroner Mairin Casey recorded a ver­dict of law­ful killing.

She said: “The de­fen­sive ac­tion taken by Mr Wang was pro­por­tion­ate and jus­ti­fied.

“This was a har­row­ing and bru­tal ex­pe­ri­ence for all of them, and I un­der­stand they are still trau­ma­tised.”

Fi­nan­cial

She also said that the at­tack was ran­dom – the Shaw broth­ers had never be­fore met the Wangs – and that the mo­tive for the break-in was a fi­nan­cial one.

The court heard that Steven Shaw, 32, orig­i­nally from For­est Fields, Not­ting­ham, punched Mrs Wang in the face as she held her daugh­ter.

He then pulled her hair to make her watch as his brother at­tacked her hus­band with a wheel brace. He was left with blood stream­ing from his eyes.

Tox­i­col­ogy re­ports found traces of co­caine and al­co­hol in Mr Shaw’s blood­stream.

Mr Shaw’s brother, Craig, ad­mit­ted ag­gra­vated bur­glary in De­cem­ber and was jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Get­away driver Daniel Vin­cent Miller, 25, of no fixed abode, ad­mit­ted bur­glary and was jailed for three years at Not­ting­ham Crown Court.

QUIET: The street where the bur­glary took place

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