“Landscape gardener Andrew Woodhouse [above], 44, was on trial facing assault charges on the two raiders he found stealing diesel from his business,” telegraph.co.uk reports. “A jury heard how Woodhouse grabbed a fence post one was carrying as a weapon and used it to fight back against them. The father-of-five — who says he has repeatedly been a victim of crime at his gardening company — detained the two burglars until police arrived. But the court was told it was Woodhouse who was then arrested and accused of using excessive force.” Yup. Mr. Woodhouse faces a maximum sentence of life in prison . . .
“Where are we in society when a person cannot act in self-defence to protect his property?” his lawyer asked the court. Why, you’re in the UK of course! That said, Mr. Woodhouse forgot to STFU when the Old Bill arrived. “I swung out like a mad man between six and ten times. I was just lashing out man, I was hitting as hard as I could.” Should it have been a DGU? Well that depends . . .
Texas is one of the few states in these here United where a man can use a gun to protect his property. If Mr. Woodhouse lived in the Lone Star State, he could have defended his fuel with his firearm. Personally, I don’t recommend bearing arms simply to save stuff. Especially if you live in a country where the citizens no longer have the right to keep and bear arms. If Mr. Woodhouse had aimed a shotgun in the thieves’ direction or, God forbid, shot one, no question he would have gone to jail. If he’d used a handgun? Life fer sure.
While we’re at it, what about deterrence? Does the fact that UK subjects are disarmed encourage thievery? What do you think?