Another week goes by and another UK householder is put in the position of having to defend his home from armed burglars. He has risked his own life to do this, and more frighteningly for him, put himself in the firing line of the British Judicial System with the prospect of spending a considerable amount of time locked up should the worst happen and one of the criminals gets hurt.Â
This is a still from CCTV footage of the dramatic scene which was captured by the victim, Adrian Draper, who had set up a camera in his home in case the burglars came….and they did. Answering a knock on the door, Adrian was confronted by two men and had a gun thrust into his stomach before being forced back inside his home.
He was violently assaulted by the two men whilst at gunpoint after briefly disarming the one holding the weapon. On this first occasion the burglars got the upper hand and took the gun back before forcing Adrian into the living room – right in front of the camera. On seeing the opportunity wrestled the gun from the hand of the burglar and managed to keep control of it this time; chasing the two men into the kitchen where he fought again with the two men. Showing considerable self-control, the gun was used only to hit the offenders rather than to shoot them.Â Finally, Adrian dropped the gun which was grabbed by the offenders and taken with them as they fled the address.
This could easily have become another case of the burglar being killed by the home owner that he was trying to steal from like we saw last week when John Bennell was stabbed to death in Salford whilst committing a burglary with three others. Â We are lucky that this story does not relate to the death of a home owner protecting his property (or indeed the death of the desperate burglar, loved by his family, and driven to crime because of being failed by the system etc etc), and I feel that Adrian should be commended for his bravery and restraint in doing only what was necessary to protect himself and his home.
Could he have been justified in doing more? I think so. If, outnumbered by armed men, he had pulled the trigger during the violent struggle, it would have been completely justified. However, with video evidence of part of the incident in existence, I am sure that defence barristers would have entered a Not Guilty plea and then pulled every frame apart over the course of several months to try to find a split second when (in their “respectful submission”) Adrian could have backed away not come forward, and tried to sell this as evidence of an unlawful use of force.
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, although the psychological effects of the incident will stay with Adrian and his 15-year-old daughter (who was upstairs, listening to her dad fighting with the intruders) for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, there is no information regarding arrests being made at this time, and I just hope that there are enough officers to do the job properly and nail these offenders to the dock before they do the same to someone else.