Homeowners 'cannot be expected to act rationally when confronted by burglars'

The householder is not in a position to exercise calm, cool, judgment.

You're not calmly detached, you're probably very cross and you're probably very frightened, a mixture of both.

And your judgment of precisely what you should or should not do in the circumstances cannot - as another predecessor of mine said, Lord Lane - you can't measure it in a jeweller's scale.

You have to face the reality of how people are and how people react to these situations, and justifiably react.

– The Lord Chief Justice

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Senior judge backs householders

Frightened and furious householders have the right to get rid of burglars in their homes, the most senior judge in England and Wales has said.