Protecting your property
VIEWS on whether homeowners should be empowered to use lethal force against criminal intruders range from the specious to the sadly fatalistic. At one level, there is talk of landowners shooting children out of apple trees; at another, a farmer who went to jail for shooting an intruder believes that, even under new laws, the odds will always be stacked against the victims of crime.
Huge controversy surrounded the trial of Padraig Nally. Six years ago, he shot a member of the Travelling community called John 'Frog' Ward, who had been trespassing on his property.
The case ignited a debate, still going on, about self-defence and whether it is ever acceptable to take another's life.