This is the story of how a family was put through a terrifying ordeal; tied up, threatened, burgled and abused. The story takes a turn when the teenage son managed to escape and alert his father's brother. What followed was that the burglars fled, one was caught and he was beaten up, badly, by the two brothers. The result was that a man whose house was broken into, whose family was terrorised and who, by good luck, managed to escape and wreak retribution, now faces a 30-month jail sentence.
According to Asian Image:
Munir Hussain feels he let down his wife Shaheen Begum and sons Awais, 21, Samad, 15, and 18-year-old daughter Arooj, by failing to defend them against Salem and his gang. His wife had suffered a stroke prior to the incident, and had since had a mini stroke.I think the above puts it in context a bit. This was a real family whose house was broken into and who were clearly traumatised.
Now, I am not going to comment on the rights and wrongs of this at any length. Anybody who has read this blog for more than a year (yes there are some) knows what my reaction is likely to be.
What astonishes me is the Judge's barefaced cheek. Yes cheek, and stupidity. He rather grandly said,
"However, if persons were permitted to … inflict their own instant and violent punishment on an apprehended offender rather than letting justice take its course, then the rule of law and our system of criminal justice, which are the hallmarks of a civilised society, would collapse."
This is utter bollocks. Had this been the USA, we know that the householder would never have been convicted. And quite right too. The USA may be many things, but at least the law is on the side of the innocent.