nry wrote:Do the 'normal' self defence laws not cover you outside of the home? They cover defence of property etc...
rne02 wrote:nry wrote:Do the 'normal' self defence laws not cover you outside of the home? They cover defence of property etc...
You were only allowed to use reasonable force either inside or outside of the home. If you used disproportionate force, then you were prosecuted.
Since the law changed last month however, you are still only allowed to use reasonable force outside the home, but if you use disproportionate force inside your home you will no longer be prosecuted. Inside your home you will now only be prosecuted if you use grossly disproportionate force.
nry wrote:I'm fairly sure there has been recent-ish ruling on the understanding of reasonable force - as I mentioned above, I believe it accounts for the fact that in a self defence situation, the stress to the defender makes it almost, if not completely, impossible to judge what is reasonable.
captaintau wrote:In addition, it is thought that most people that are prosecuted for "self defence" are found guilty in court not because of what actually happened, but because of what they said or did whilst in police custody. I know one group that covers giving statements as part of their self protection training for just this reason.