I do not wish to go all political on my News blogs but I do feel strongly, as I am sure most decent law abiding citizens would, that we all have a right to protect our property and family. Surely this is the underlying reason, rightly or wrongly, this Government feels we should be pursuing the war in Afghanistan – to protect national safety.
At last common sense has prevailed in the case of Munir Hussain of High Wycombe. On returning from their Mosque the Hussain family found a gang of intruders in their home. They were attacked by the gang who tied their hands behind their backs and forced them to crawl from room to room. Managing to free himself Munir turned the tables on his attackers, quite literally launching a coffee table at them.
With the help of his brother and a cricket bat he set off in pursuit of the robbers and managed to catch one Walid Salem. The brothers hooked, pulled and drove the assailant breaking the bat, in turn leaving Salem some what battered.
The case went to court where the brothers were sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for assault. On Wednesday 20th January 2010 Munir had the sentence reduced on appeal to 2 years and the term suspended.
On the other hand Walid Salem the only intruder caught was not prosecuted for his part in events, as he was deemed to have been too badly injured during the attack. What money do you put on him to re offend in the not too distant future!
I would challenge any normal male not to think that they would do the same as Munir in similar circumstances. Your privacy and property is invaded, your loved ones are assaulted and face potential danger, the limit of which under attack you will never know. Our natural instinct is to protect ourselves and I believe this is how Manir instinctively reacted.
It is very easy to make judgements based on law in a cosy court room, as we know in life things can look quite simple on paper.
My personal view is that those people who are prepared to act outside the Law should not expect that same Law to protect them when things go pear shaped.