It is extremely disheartening to see how our law favours perpetrators more than law-abiding citizens. People are living in fear because of the high rate of crime in our country and the fact that when they leave their houses they have to look over their shoulders in order to make sure that they are not being followed. It is even more disturbing that some of these perpetrators go to the extreme by breaking into people's houses knowing that they will find defenseless victims.
Perpetrators shouldn't be given any right or consideration because when they go to break into someone's house or try to steal from someone by the street, they will be having the aim to kill if that person does not do as they say. It is a surprise that now people are being charged for fighting an intruder, while defending themselves. A Pietermaritzburg homeowner has been charged with the murder of a suspected intruder. This was self-defense and it is very unfair for this victim to be treated like a suspect.
The 62-year-old man made his first appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday. It was also established that there was also a similar incident which occurred in Westville. The 62-year-old was defending himself against the 31-year-old, you can only imagine what could have happened to the home owner if he did not have a gun. This shows that these perpetrators first study the environment and check how many people live in a certain house. It is extremely unfair that he is being charged for saving his own life. Law enforcement officers are extremely slow when it comes to attending to crime scenes, therefore this makes people feel insecure. Such actions will encourage perpetrators to keep on breaking into people's homes because the home owner has no right to react.
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