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Self defence

I noted this story on Kim Du Toit's site and I was as confused as he is as to what the frick is going on. I still don't know, and can't find out any more - it just does not make any sense to me, unless there is something unreported.

ManchesterOnline - News

A Salford man who stabbed to death an armed intruder at his home was jailed for eight years.

Carl Lindsay, 25, answered a knock at his door in Salford, Greater Manchester, to find four men armed with a gun.

When the gang tried to rob him he grabbed a samurai sword and stabbed one of them, 37-year-old Stephen Swindells, four times.

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There seems to be some talk that the defendant was a dealer in exotic substances, and that it may have been a turf war.
Like others I feel that even a drug dealer is entitled to defend himself against attack.

It's the last two paragraphs ....

After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Sam Haworth said: "Four men, including the victim, had set out purposefully to rob Carl Lindsay and this intent ultimately led to Stephen Swindells' death.

"I believe the sentences passed today reflect the severity of the circumstances."

..... that confuse me. My mind is unable to get to grips with what DCI Haworth is trying to say. I can only presume that he means the circumstances were so severe (he was outnumbered 4-1) that he "only" got 8 years. Otherwise, I'm afraid it's a logic that I can't even follow, let alone agree with.

A couple of other blogs (RightWingNews, Dean Esmay) have included a reference to another article on this, appearing on www.thisislancashire.co.uk . From what was posted in that article, it appeared that the DCI's remarks actually referred to sentences of 14 years each handed out to the (failed) burglars.

However, the article in question now appears to have disappeared; the link cited
http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/lancashire/bolton/news/NEWS8.html
now leads to an article about a burnt-out nightclub being converted to new homes.

I can't find the relevent article in "This is Lancashire"'s archive either, although there are a couple of other articles on the matter:
http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/lancashire/archive/2004/03/09/NEWS7ZM.html
http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/lancashire/archive/2004/03/10/NEWS6ZM.html

Now it has appeared in their archives:
http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/lancashire/archive/2004/03/25/NEWS8ZM.html

There was also mention in another UK paper that the stab wounds were in the back of that 'victim' burglar, in which case, it's not quite so cut and dried as first thought.

Yeah, but swords go all the way through ;-)

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