CLEAVER KILLING ‘JUSTIFIED’
Dad was fighting off burglar
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.”
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