when discussing incidents like this. If you take the trouble to read the article in its entirety you'll see that the police spokesperson said:
"We've received quite a number of allegations from quite a large number of people stating there is a serious allegation here of assault and the carrying of a weapon." That seems to me to be an excellent reason for arresting a person with a view to finding out a little more about what actually happened.
As for your comment that "It sickens me to think that you could end up in court for protecting your own life and your own property,"
Where in the article does it say that this man's life was in jeopardy? You have a perfect right to protect your own property, but you don't have a right to assault anyone while you're about it. As always, it's a good idea to wait until all the facts are known, rather than making a judgment based on a few words in an online news item. It may well be the case that this man is innocent of any offence, but as it stands we don't know.
It seems pretty clear to me that if a person is in my house uninvited and will not leave I should have the right to eject them with reasonable force. If that person is armed with any kind of weapon then I would not hesitate to hit them with whatever was at hand at the time. "Mr McGilloway challenged Moore, who was armed with weights tied together, and broke his nose." He was lucky it was only his nose that was broken. I have no sympathy for these people and it is about time the law was used to protect the law abiding public and not to try and get a reduced sentence.
I would love to see the reaction of all the bleeding heart liberals if they were put in the same position. Its ok to pontificate from the comfort of your arm chairs but when it happens to you that would be a different kettle of fish. I am sorry but i wouldn't take the chance of being injured or as seems to be the norm now, kicked or stabbed to deat. "There but for the grace of god"
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