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Re balance the rights of the victim versus those of the criminal

Comment 20th July 2010

If an intruder enters my house without invitation, I consider that act in itself to be one of violent aggression. I consider it my right to use any means to protect my wife and children in these circumstances.

Equally, if I see someone mugging a little old lady and I intervene, I expect to be supported by the police and the courts – not criminalised.

Why does this matter?

People are unsure of their rights and how far they can go to stand up to the violent behaviour of others. Criminals are aware of the lack of clarity in the law and exploit it.

Violent behaviour will increase unless society faces it down.

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