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The witness said believed the man’s injury was a knife wound.
“People have been talking about a screwdriver but this wasn’t a screwdriver wound, this was a knife. The wound was an inch long.
“I think that it was a knife and I think from what my partner said that the black guy pulled it out and threw it away.
“The man on the ground was wearing a blue t-shirt and it was pulled up. I think he was dead already. His pupils were completely dilated.
The dead suspect’s next of kin have been informed and a formal identification is due to take place.
originally posted by: Kester
Let's all get our excuses straight before this happens to us.
One suggestion on ATS has been to have a picture, nail and hammer all ready for when you finally get around to hanging that picture. In the event of having to use the hammer against a burglar it is just a tool you grabbed instinctively, no forethought.
How far does protection under law go? If you do something that you believe necessary, that is the best evidence of you acting lawfully and in self defence - even if you use something to hand as a weapon.
What is disproportionate or grossly disproportionate force? The law gives benefit of doubt if actions are disproportionate but made under extreme circumstance. This only applies in self-defence or protecting others.
How likely is prosecution?
There have been very few prosecutions in these circumstances. Between 1990 and 2005 there were 11 prosecutions of people who attacked intruders. Seven of them related to domestic burglaries. One of the cases that was prosecuted involved a man who lay in wait for an intruder and then beat him, threw him into a pit and set him alight.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: Kandinsky
"I swear officer, the flail and morning star are just decorations ripped from my wall"