I believe everyone has the right to protect themselves from such intrusion and threat, if some lowlife decides to enter my home or try and rob me then he deserves what he gets.
As I have previously said, I have driven a taxi for a long time now here in North Wales and Manchester, and have been in a handful of violent situations over 20+ years.
I have been spat at, slapped, punched and even stabbed on 2 seperate occassions, everytime I have fought back with the intent of self preservation. The worst incident was Christmas morning 1995, I picked someone up in Bury centre and took him to Farnworth, on arriving he pulled a knife and I initially thought he had punched me in the leg but he had in fact stabbed me.
During the ensuing struggle I received 4 knife injuries to my right arm, 1 in my left shoulder and 1 in my left thigh, I was able to disarm him and he got 2 knife injuries to his chest. Police, Ambulance and work colleagues turned up. I was initially charged with aggravated assault as the CPS believed I went above and beyond self defence by using his own knife on him twice to the chest, even though I had been injured 6 times. After about 5 months of this hanging over me charges were dropped as it was not in the public interest to proceed.
I truly feel to this day that had I not taken the action I did I would not be here today, friends often wonder why I still do the job but the truth is I have always enjoyed it, ok some folks get a bit mouthy but 99.9999% of the time its just noisy banter.