But then, someone was hurt. Widow, 88, left with life-changing injuries after ‘horrific, planned attack’
She was disarmed for her own safety. Of course she probably would have been horrified at the idea of defending herself – the British are just too civilized. Or something.
Blanche Rowlands suffered facial injuries when she was assaulted by Jeffrey Earp, 50, during a violent burglary at her home in Newtown, Powys in June last year.
The cops have only released pictures of her – and they are graphic. Because that would offend the tender sensibilities of the jury pool.
One of her attackers was sentenced to 14 years. Two others were sentenced to three years apiece.
The UK has some insane rule about only defending yourself with proportionate force. It basically means that if you are attacked by multiple people using only their fists, you cannot resort to the use of any weapon.
But really, how is a 88-year-old supposed to defend herself without some kind of weapon to equalize the situation? The short answer is – they aren’t. They have to just take whatever the thugs are dishing out. (In America, Octogenarians have other options.)
This was all over an engagement ring, and some other presents from her late husband. The jewelry was never recovered.