The law is an ass. I hold this truth to be self evident.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, four men broke into a home in Leicestershire disturbing the home owner and his wife. Not unreasonably in my view, the man took his legally held shotgun and shot two of the men.
The men fled and the homeowner called the police immediately to report what had happened. Shortly afterwards, one of the burglars called 999 for an ambulance and the other injured man turned up at hospital with shotgun wounds. Neither injury was life threatening.
The outcome to this is that four men have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and the home owner and his wife have been arrested on suspicion of GBH. What a crazy world we live in where someone confronted with 4 burglars in his home is arrested for defending himself.
Some of you will, of course, remember the case of Tony Martin, the man who was jailed for killing a burglar after enduring ten burglaries, losing over £6,000 worth of property and complaining about police inaction over the crimes. Martin was confronted with two burglars and defended himself with a pump action shotgun loaded with bird shot. He injured one and killed the other and was jailed for 9 years, reduced to 8 years by the Home Secretary, further reduced to 5 years on appeal and the conviction downgraded from murder to manslaughter. The original jury decision was split 10-2.
The law permits murder in these circumstances but only if the force used is held by a court to be ‘reasonable’.
Personally, I think that if someone breaks into your home and threatens you, then you should be allowed to shoot the bastard. He has violated your sanctuary. He has defiled your home. He is a thinking, rational human being who knows he shouldn’t be there. He should take the consequences.
I will be interested to see what happens in this particular case…