There has been quite a bit of coverage in the civilian press over the last 24 hours, regarding a 78-year old male who has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he allegedly found two individuals inside his property who, it appears, shouldn’t have been there.
For obvious reasons, this article is not about that particular case.
Instead, we just wanted to highlight to the general public why the Police still have to make an arrest in circumstances where, for example, you end up having to defend your life and/or your property against would-be intruders/attackers.
If your chosen career path in life (people aren’t forced to become burglars), is to break into other peoples houses and steal their property then, as far as many, if not most people are concerned, if you end up getting assaulted during the execution of your crime then it’s ‘tough titties’.
Stay out of peoples properties, then you won’t end up potentially getting hurt.
I once had to grapple with a burglar on my day off of work. I only wish that I had of been able to use ‘no more force than was necessary’ on him (he knocked me out with a Laptop that he was trying to steal from my neighbours flat before I had a chance).
When the Police are called to incidents whereby a brave property owner/resident has taken on an intruder, then they won’t really have a choice but to arrest the property owner if the intruder ends up sustaining injuries.
But this is just a standard procedure. The Police cannot act as ‘judge and jury’ when called to an incident. The circumstances need to be investigated – which is what arresting someone is all about; to allow a prompt and effective investigation….
I can assure you, that the real victim in this sort of scenario will be treated with the utmost of dignity and respect by the Police as they carry out their investigation.
And remember that just because you have been arrested then it does not necessarily mean that you will be charged.
And, if you are charged, then it does not necessarily mean that the Courts will find you guilty. A couple of questions which might get asked are: Did you fear for your life, and did you use no more force than was necessary?
I personally have enough faith in our Justice system to hold onto the hope that if someone is arrested for defending their property and/or life against an intruder, then they will be seen as the victim of such an incident, rather than the perpetrator.
But that’s just my own opinion…
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