Trials & Litigation

Facing Up to 15 Years for Shooting Wart Off Own Finger, Client Thanks Lawyer for Suspended Sentence


A man who could have gotten substantial jail time for shooting a wart off his own finger with a 12-bore Beretta shotgun expressed gratitude for good lawyering after getting only a 16-week suspended sentence.

“I know I could have gone to jail for up to 15 years for a firearms offense. My solicitor did a very good job,” said Shaun Murphy, 38, outside Doncaster Magistrates’ Court in South Yorkshire earlier this week.

He made the decision to take an unconventional approach to dealing with a troublesome wart after imbibing several pints of beer, which also served as an anesthetic, reports the Telegraph. The blast took off his finger as well as the wart, but Murphy is reportedly happy to be rid of the growth. He said he found the gun under a hedge.

Murphy was represented by Richard Haigh, who said his client had been “a victim of his own stupidity when domestic pressures got to him,” the United Kingdom newspaper recounts.

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