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    I despair of this Country, i really do.

    A man who defended his home from an intruder has been told he could face prosecution.

    When the intruder entered David Youden's home in Queen's Park Road, Brighton, uninvited in the early hours of New Year's Day the resident fought him off.

    Mr Youden, 54, pushed the man out of his flat and sat on him until the police arrived.

    But now prosecutors have decided they will take no action against him.

    Instead Mr Youden has been warned by police officers dealing with the case that he could face assault charges.

    Mr Youden, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder having been stabbed in the chest by an intruder at his home in 1993, said he was astonished that he could go on trial.

    33 Comments

    Original Poster

    Edited by: "scousekop" 3rd Feb 2011

    His own fault for owning up, i have no sympathy whatsoever!

    Supermod

    Ditto. Reasonable and proportionate force was used (if the article was accurate) which was the correct thing to do when dealing with an intruder.
    Edited by: "magicjay1986" 3rd Feb 2011

    I bet that very short piece is missing a heck of alot of vital information leading to the possiblility of the victim being charged!

    cdm22

    I bet that very short piece is missing a heck of alot of vital … I bet that very short piece is missing a heck of alot of vital information leading to the possiblility of the victim being charged!



    THIS^^^^^

    If you put your hands on someone, you "could" face assault charges is what the Police are saying.
    Pretty reasonable statement to make.

    OP - What the hell is your Avatar suppose to be.....

    cw9652

    OP - What the hell is your Avatar suppose to be.....



    Looks like a PSN card

    I would have killed the intruder and buried him in the neighbours garden (_;)

    cdm22

    I bet that very short piece is missing a heck of alot of vital … I bet that very short piece is missing a heck of alot of vital information leading to the possiblility of the victim being charged!



    Agree. No way that could be the whole story.

    magicjay1986

    Ditto. Reasonable and proportionate force was used (if the article was … Ditto. Reasonable and proportionate force was used (if the article was accurate) which was the correct thing to do when dealing with an intruder.


    thesaint

    If you put your hands on someone, you "could" face assault charges is … If you put your hands on someone, you "could" face assault charges is what the Police are saying.Pretty reasonable statement to make.



    Which is why he should have made sure he "slipped on the floor and broke his neck in the scuffle officer".........

    Doesn't matter what the Police warn him with.........they have no power to sentence him and the likely outcome is the judge/magistrate will throw it out and we can chalk up some more money wasted on nonsense.

    Syzable

    Doesn't matter what the Police warn him with.........they have no power … Doesn't matter what the Police warn him with.........they have no power to sentence him and the likely outcome is the judge/magistrate will throw it out and we can chalk up some more money wasted on nonsense.



    Just the thought of it even being an issue winds me up though.

    Although we don't know all the details I do believe UK needs to revamp the existing laws regarding self defense.

    I blame personal injury lawyers.

    Edited by: "antony4462" 3rd Feb 2011

    Banned

    Syzable

    Doesn't matter what the Police warn him with.........they have no power … Doesn't matter what the Police warn him with.........they have no power to sentence him and the likely outcome is the judge/magistrate will throw it out and we can chalk up some more money wasted on nonsense.


    police shoud,nt be warning him at all,in the u.s he could have shot him and the police would have congratulated him "GOD BLESS AMERICA"

    An Englishman's home is his castle

    This country is a joke

    RFC

    police shoud,nt be warning him at all,in the u.s he could have shot him … police shoud,nt be warning him at all,in the u.s he could have shot him and the police would have congratulated him "GOD BLESS AMERICA"



    WRONG!

    Starr

    An Englishman's home is his castle


    no wonder, the intruder came to visit the castle as historic place

    Good old English justice. Rather than protect the innocent, we have to protect and pamper the guilty. This country is a joke. Why has it come to this, that those that break the law are treated better than those that they prey on. If this guy had entered my house I would have done more than just sit on him. Any injuries he incurred must have happened when he slipped on the pavement outside running away..... honest guv.

    next time shall he leave the door open and tell him where everything is (_;) oO
    Edited by: "pinky89" 4th Feb 2011

    pinky89

    next time shall he leave the door open and tell him where everything is … next time shall he leave the door open and tell him where everything is (_;) oO



    that was the next time, he was stabbed the last time.............can you blame him for being worried after that happened to him

    choc1969

    I would have killed the intruder and buried him in the neighbours garden … I would have killed the intruder and buried him in the neighbours garden (_;)



    you cant, ive got no more room.



    btw, can I have my chainsaw back please?

    RFC

    RIGHTRIGHTRIGHTAND RIGHT AGAIN CASE CLOSED



    WRONG
    WRONG
    WRONG
    WRONG

    As you can see each case is judged on it's own merit. The police in the UK and the US have a duty to investigate all intentional injuries whether it be to a victim or criminal. These are then forwarded to the cps or the district attorneys office for a decision of whether or how to bring it to trial. Not all of the cases will bring forth charges but they will be investigated. I agree we go soft on criminals here but if we allow vigilante justice to take place freely then we will have anarchy on the streets.

    trog0

    WRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGAs you can see each case is judged on it's own merit. … WRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGAs you can see each case is judged on it's own merit. The police in the UK and the US have a duty to investigate all intentional injuries whether it be to a victim or criminal. These are then forwarded to the cps or the district attorneys office for a decision of whether or how to bring it to trial. Not all of the cases will bring forth charges but they will be investigated. I agree we go soft on criminals here but if we allow vigilante justice to take place freely then we will have anarchy on the streets.



    trog by nature then i see

    its funny how everyone misses the key point, he was stabbed last time..........bunch of fwits

    Banned

    trog0

    WRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGAs you can see each case is judged on it's own merit. … WRONGWRONGWRONGWRONGAs you can see each case is judged on it's own merit. The police in the UK and the US have a duty to investigate all intentional injuries whether it be to a victim or criminal. These are then forwarded to the cps or the district attorneys office for a decision of whether or how to bring it to trial. Not all of the cases will bring forth charges but they will be investigated. I agree we go soft on criminals here but if we allow vigilante justice to take place freely then we will have anarchy on the streets.



    hey trog0 you trying shooting someone over here,i think you are missing my point somewhat!

    RFC

    hey trog0 you trying shooting someone over here,i think you are missing … hey trog0 you trying shooting someone over here,i think you are missing my point somewhat!



    No, not missing your point at all you stated the american police would congratulate him I disagreed pointing out a case, you then countered with four different cases and I then countered that with another four cases. We could go on forever countering each other but it still wouldn't change the fact that each case is and should be investigated on it's own merit and a decision made only when all the facts are in. And as for me shooting someone well there have been times I have wanted to, but living in the UK where we have a "sensible gun policy" I don't keep a gun in the house.


    Alfonse

    trog by nature then i seeits funny how everyone misses the key point, he … trog by nature then i seeits funny how everyone misses the key point, he was stabbed last time..........bunch of fwits


    What personal insults now (_;)
    He was stabbed in 1993 that's nearly twenty years ago. I was beaten up by a girl thirty years ago doesn't mean I have the right to hit every girl that calls me a "twit". Yes he has the right to use reasonable force on an intruder as set down in guidlines by the CPS here. But as I said earlier the incident will need investigating to determine if reasonable force was used.

    I hope that when the investigation is closed Mr Youden is not charged as his actions are similar to those which I would do albeit i would wait for the intruder to fully enter my property and then sit on him (I'm a big lad so he wouldn't be going anywhere) before ringing the police.

    Banned

    RFC

    hey trog0 you trying shooting someone over here,i think you are missing … hey trog0 you trying shooting someone over here,i think you are missing my point somewhat!

    Alfonse

    trog by nature then i seeits funny how everyone misses the key point, he … trog by nature then i seeits funny how everyone misses the key point, he was stabbed last time..........bunch of fwits



    trog0 me ole son,if someone enters your property ,the property where your wife and kids sleep...they deserve all they get,and that includes shooting if you can gety away with it,they deserve it because they are trying to steal from or harm an innocent family...
    seriously you can blab all day but yuou will never change my mind.

    btw are you a burglar or something or never been the victim of crime?

    RFC

    trog0 me ole son,if someone enters your property ,the property where your … trog0 me ole son,if someone enters your property ,the property where your wife and kids sleep...they deserve all they get,and that includes shooting if you can gety away with it,they deserve it because they are trying to steal from or harm an innocent family...seriously you can blab all day but yuou will never change my mind.btw are you a burglar or something or never been the victim of crime?



    Lol a burglar me I wouldn't fit through the windows. As for being a victim of crime I'm not the victim sort. I have however had crimes commited against me and mine and know from experience that revenge doesn't solve anything. As you say I won't change your mind and, everybody is entitled to an opinion so we will have to agree to disagree.
    Edited by: "trog0" 6th Feb 2011
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