Home owners who attack burglars will not face arrest or prosecution unless they use “grossly disproportionate” violence, the new Justice Secretary will announce today.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph Mr Grayling said that he wanted to “finally lay the issue to rest once and for all” following a series of high-profile cases where home owners who have confronted criminals have been arrested. He said:
The basic premise of the change is to get the law to a position where if you are in your home, and you are confronted by an intruder… then if, in the heat of the moment you use a level of force that in the cold light of day might seem disproportionate, the law will be on your side.
But if you act in a grossly disproportionate way… I think if the burglar is out cold on the floor and you then stick a knife into him, that, in my judgement would be grossly disproportionate.”
More top news
A court has ruled that the original coffin in which Lee Harvey Oswald was buried belongs to his brother, not the undertaker's that sold it.
Manic Street Preachers lyricist went missing nearly 20 years ago but mystery still surrounds exactly what happened to him.
Deputy Prime Minister admitted he wanted to hit David Cameron on more than 20 occasions on late-night chat show 'The Last Leg'.