A TYCOON being sued by a lad he blasted with a shotgun says he lived in concern of city explorers focusing on his property.
Tech millionaire Gary Steele, 63, insists it was accidentally he shot Tom Frearson, 16, who needs £3million damages.
Steele claims his Witley Property in Surrey was repeatedly visited by trespassers desirous to discover its historic follies.
Some have been participating in an internet problem to get right into a glass-domed underwater ballroom.
His lawyer, Laura Johnson KC, mentioned: “The defendant and his accomplice felt unsafe of their house.”
He shot the boy over a wall to warn off a gaggle of trespassers, she added.
Tom, now 21, of Hambledon, Surrey, struggles to make use of his left hand and faces dozens of operations to take away pellets.
Steele was cleared of his tried homicide.