Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

A difference of night and day

The problem of legislating for the permitted amount of force a householder may use against an intruder is not new (Comment, October 11).

Some 3,000 years ago, the Hebrews enacted that if a thief was killed by a householder for breaking in at night, he was not liable for murder. However, if the entry was by day, he was (Exodus 22).

Is this distinction something the Government should consider?

TONY PHILLIPS

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