Where there is little in the way of legal self-defense, and exercising your human-right will cause you nothing but grief. Dead burglar Henry Vincent’s friends hit back at vigilante | Daily Mail Online
This relates to a story from April 5th, where a guy in the United Kingdom, who was forced to defend himself from a home invader, was arrested for murder by the local police. He has since been released, since even in the place where Great Britain used to be, self-defense is legal. (The authorities really don’t like to admit that.)
We have also found out that the dead guy, and his suspected partner-in-crime, are “career criminals,” with a history of burglary.
To add insult to armed home-invasion, the family of the dead guy came and erected a memorial to the guy in the front of the house where he died while committing a violent crime. The police were “powerless” to stop them. (Makes me wonder what police in the UK have the power to do.) A person, described by the Daily Mirror as a vigilante, came along in the night and tore the shrine down, and took the flowers to a local cemetery. The family of the dead guy came and put up more flowers.
Outraged neighbours have blasted police for allowing 37-year-old Vincent’s family and friends to construct the memorial, as officers said they were powerless to intervene.
But late last night the vigilante drove to Hither Green, south-east London, before tearing down flowers and dumping the bunches in his boot.
The homeowner who was forced to defend himself, from violent thugs? He is in hiding under police protection, because of worries of reprisals from the dead guy’s family.
I won’t waste your time (as the Daily Mail does) going over the quotes from the dead guy’s family. Suffice it to say, they think it is entirely unfair, and want the victim in the crime to apologize for standing up for himself. They aren’t getting a lot traction with that argument, if the comments on the news article are representative. (I know they’re not.) Given that the 2 guys involved are Travelers, they aren’t getting much sympathy from folks in the UK. Though the cops are taking a beating for not finding the guy still on the run.
UPDATE: The London Telegraph has more quotes from the outraged neighbors of the victim. Shrine to career criminal outside burglary victim’s home is destroyed. You might find it interesting.