This is one of those news stories that illustrates the difference between the USA and many other countries. Suppose this incident had occurred in the UK or Sweden — can you imagine what would have happened to the father if he had acted in the same way to protect his daughter?
According to The Chicago Sun-Times:
Sex Offender Dies During Home Invasion in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS — A convicted sex offender died Sunday during a struggle with a father who found the naked man in or near his 17-year-old daughter’s bedroom, police said.
Police responding to a call from the city’s northwest side about 3:20 a.m. found 64-year-old Robert McNally on the hallway floor with his arm around the neck of 52-year-old David T. Meyers, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Mount said Meyers had a heart condition and may have had a heart attack. An autopsy was planned.
Police said Meyers was naked except for a mask and latex gloves and had entered the home through a window near the girl’s bedroom with rope, condoms and a knife. He was familiar with the home’s layout because it belonged to a relative, police said.
The girl awoke and screamed when she saw the man in her room, police said. The father responded and struggled with the intruder while the girl’s mother phoned 911.
Police did not anticipate any charges against McNally.
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“If a person breaks into your home, you are justified in using deadly force in defending your family,” said Mount. “In this situation, I don’t think he was trying to kill him, he was trying to hold him down.” [emphasis added]
There may be some liberal jurisdictions in the USA which the father would have been prosecuted. And sometimes a local state’s attorney will feel it necessary to go through the motion of a manslaughter charge, even when everyone knows there will be an acquittal.
I’d be interested to hear from our European readers: in which countries would this man have been prosecuted and (probably) convicted for what he did? Are there any countries which have the equivalent of our “Castle Doctrine” that would allow a householder to use deadly force to protect himself and his family against a home invasion?