September 7, 2011
An elderly flower shop owner arrested on suspicion of stabbing an armed robber to death during a gunpoint raid will not face any charges, it emerged today.
In what will be viewed by many as another victory for the right to defend property, Cecil Coley, 72, will not be prosecuted over the death of 30-year-old Gary Mullings.
It is the second time in as many months that the Crown Prosecution service has dropped a case against men defending their property.
Mr Coley, who was pistol-whipped during the incident in July, was playing dominos with a friend after closing time when the raider and three accomplices burst into his florist shop in the Old Trafford district of Manchester.
A violent struggle then followed which ended with Mullings dropping his firearm and left reeling with a stab wound to the chest.