And when is enough enough? After a recent spate of violent robberies in Auckland, it is a liquor store owner who is appearing in court on two counts of ‘injuring with intent’. When some people – on the News on TV they looked pretty young – robbed his liquor store, he sustained a stab wound to the thigh, then defended himself with something… possibly a hocky stick… leaving four people with
injuries including serious head trauma, cuts and bruising.
So did the thieves bring it on themselves? I mean, they came all up in his store in a violent way, and now he is being charged for hurting them? Is this fair? I mean, it sounds bad. It sounds like the NZ justice system is going down the loo. But I think it all depends on the details. For example somewhere I heard his wound described as a “minor” stab wound. On the TV story they lead with something like “Another person left bloody after another Auckland robbery”, it definately sounded like the bloodied person was the victim, you just assumed he wasn’t also the thief. In the clip they played there was a young guy sitting on the ground, with his hoodie covered in huge big blood splatters. Where did all that blood come from? What exactly did the guy do? What are you allowed to do?
The law states that reasonable force for shop owners defending themselves, any other person and or their property is acceptable. Those that clearly exceed that force can expect to be arrested and held to account in the criminal court.
So basically if there’s a guy coming at you with a knife, you can defend yourself. But once he stops actively attacking you you’re pretty much out of options except for calling the police and waiting for them to show up. I guess I think the line should be between actively pursuing fleeing kids and giving them a hiding with a hockey stick and seeing robbers off your property.
the arrest serves as a reminder to all that taking the law into their own hands in some circumstances can not be justified.
I havn’t heard yet that any arrests have been made of the actual thieves from the incident… it all seems just a bit twisted. I think most people would agree that they’d defend themselves in an armed robbery if they could, no matter what the legal consequences. But it’s definately something to think about.
The quotes used here taken from Stuff.co.nz.