IPCC clears G20 protest sergeant Delroy Smellie – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2010 in complaints, demonstrations, news, police, self-defence by sally

“A police officer accused of striking a woman with a baton at a G20 protest has been cleared by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

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BBC News, 17th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Minister plays down quick change to self-defence law – BBC News

Posted June 7th, 2010 in defences, news, proportionality, self-defence by sally

“There will be no swift law change to give people greater rights to defend themselves against burglars, Justice Minister Nick Herbert has suggested.”

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BBC News, 6th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Y (A) – WLR Daily

Posted May 7th, 2010 in appeals, law reports, reasons, self-defence, terrorism by sally

Regina v Y (A) [2010] EWCA Crim 762;  [2010] WLR (D) 112

“Where a person possessed information likely to be useful to a terrorist within the meaning of s 58(1) of the Terrorism Act 2000, the fact that the possession was for the purpose of lawful self-defence which was solely defensive was capable of amounting to the statutory defence of reasonable excuse under s 58(3) of the 2000 Act, to an offence of possession under s 58(1).”

WLR Daily, 6th May 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Call to change law after burglar death case – The Independent

Posted April 20th, 2010 in burglary, murder, news, offensive weapons, self-defence by sally

“The law should be strengthened to protect homeowners who confront burglars, the mother of a trainee builder cleared of murdering a teenage intruder said today.”

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The Independent, 19th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Burglar murder charge dropped at last minute – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2010 in burglary, murder, news, offensive weapons, self-defence by sally

“The decision to prosecute a trainee builder for murder after he stabbed a teenage burglar to death was ‘erroneous’, a court heard today.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Student’s jail sentence for confronting muggers is overturned – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2010 in affray, appeals, news, offensive weapons, robbery, self-defence, victims by sally

“A student jailed for confronting a gang of muggers has been freed by judges on appeal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

A-level student given five years for killing boyfriend – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2010 in homicide, news, offensive weapons, self-defence, sentencing, young offenders by sally

“A 19-year-old who killed her boyfriend on the day she received her A-level results has been sentenced to five years in a young offenders’ institute.”

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BBC News, 26th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man who attacked intruder with samurai sword walks free – The Independent

Posted February 11th, 2010 in affray, news, offensive weapons, self-defence by sally

“A householder who faced a possible eight-year jail sentence for attacking an intruder with a samurai sword said today he just wanted to stop him getting into his house.  David Fullard, 46, from Brough, East Yorkshire, was charged with unlawful wounding but walked free when a jury found him not guilty, according to the Sun.”

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The Independent, 11th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

When is it right to take the law into our own hands? – The Independent

Posted January 22nd, 2010 in news, proportionality, self-defence, sentencing by sally

“One committed a violent attack on a burglar. The other was guilty of the mercy killing of her brain-damaged son. One is free. The other starting a nine-year sentence. Paul Vallely examines the issues raised by their contrasting treatment.”

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The Independent, 22nd January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Don’t read too much into Munir Hussain judgment, say lawyers – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2010 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, proportionality, self-defence by sally

“Lawyers say today’s judgment that released the man who jailed for attacking a burglar had nothing to do with the law of self-defence and everything to do with the unique facts of Munir Hussain’s case.”

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The Guardian, 20th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Homeowner jailed for tackling burglar – The Independent

Posted December 15th, 2009 in assault, news, self-defence, sentencing by sally

A businessman who fought off knife-wielding thugs threatening to kill his family was jailed for 30 months yesterday.

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The Independent, 15th December 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Teacher cleared of assaulting policeman at arms protest – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2009 in assault, news, police, self-defence by sally

“A music teacher who punched a police officer in the face at a demonstration has been cleared of assault charges after a court ruled he was acting in self-defence.”

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The Guardian, 8th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Homeowner Kenneth Batchelor cleared of murder after shooting dead intruder – The Times

Posted March 12th, 2009 in murder, news, self-defence by sally

“A homeowner has been cleared of murder after he shot and killed a bodybuilder at point-blank range when he tried to break into his house.”

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The Times, 11th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Armed robber killed by shopkeeper was to blame, rules coroner – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 12th, 2008 in inquests, news, self-defence by sally

“An armed robber who was stabbed to death by a shopkeeper was to blame for his own death, a coroner has ruled. ”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Shopkeeper spared jail after slashing thief with his knife – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 1st, 2008 in news, self-defence, sentencing, wounding by sally

“An Asian newsagent who slashed a thief in the face with a knife in self defence has been spared jail.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New self defence laws back ‘have-a-go heroes’ – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2008 in news, self-defence by sally

“New laws coming into force today will give greater protection to ‘have-a-go heroes’ who challenge burglars or other criminals.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No murder charge for man who killed robber – The Times

Posted February 28th, 2008 in murder, news, self-defence, theft by sally

“A Lancashire shopkeeper was told today (27 February) that he will not be charged with murder after stabbing an armed robber to death with the criminal’s own knife.”

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The Times, 27th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Shopkeeper fears murder charge after armed robber dies in fight – The Times

Posted February 21st, 2008 in murder, news, self-defence, theft by sally

“A shopkeeper could be charged with murder after an armed robber who tried to steal the day’s takings was stabbed with his own knife during a struggle.”

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The Times, 21st February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Rules of engagement for have-a-go householders – The Times

Posted January 8th, 2008 in news, self-defence by sally

“Householders will get the right to use force to defend their homes against burglars. MPs will debate an amendment tomorrow that seeks to clarify the law so that people can use ‘reasonable’ force without fear of being prosecuted.”

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The Times, 8th January 2008
Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Reforms to give public confidence in tackling criminals – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 21st, 2007 in press releases, self-defence by sally

“Measures to give the public confidence when tackling criminals were published today. The reforms are designed to clarify and reinforce the law, articulating the state’s responsibility to stand by those acting in good faith when using force in self defence.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th December 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk