I was going to mention this one last week but got caught up in other matters.
One of the most often quoted complaints about thecurrent judicial system which is aired concerns the rights of victims to defend themselves & their property. We hear stories about witnesses or victims taking their own action & getting arrested or coming off worse than the offender.
So it was good to hear the story of 72-year-old Frank Corti, who took action when a drunken neighbour, Gregory McCallum broke his way into Mr Corti’s home in August last year armedĂ‚Â with a knife.
McCallum threatened Mr Corti with the knife but he dodged it & swiftly delivered two punches before restraining the drunken thug.
McCallum was sentenced to four and a half years’ imprisonment at Oxford CrownĂ‚Â CourtĂ‚Â last week. The court heard how he came off much worse with a bruised & bloody face. He apparently hadn’t taken account of the fact that Mr Corti, still fit & able had been a boxer fir the army in his younger days.
Recorder Angela Morris said that McCallum “got what he deserved”. She said “The elderlyĂ‚Â and vulnerable people are entitled to demand the protection of courtsĂ‚Â from people like you who decide to take matters into your own hands and enter a property with a weapon.”
A clear victory for common sense, methinks.