Man who shot intruders won't be Charged

LazyLion

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Durban - The South Coast farmer who shot dead an intruder and wounded another after they forced their way into his home would not be charged, the police said on Tuesday.

Margate police spokesman Gerald Mfeka said the investigation had been concluded and the police had no intention of arresting Ronald Lilje of Port Edward.

Two weeks ago, Lilje, whose home was ransacked twice last year, killed one intruder, wounded another and a third escaped.

The gang had with them a blowtorch, hammers, pickaxes and rope, and Lilje said he thought they had come to rob, torture and kill him and his wife, Lorraine.

Lilje had searched his house when the alarm was triggered. When

he saw men working open a window in a spare room he took his gun from the safe and waited for them.

He shot Sandile Mbotho, 25, in the head and chest. Another 25-year-old man tried to run but was shot in the collarbone, arm and knee. The third man got away.

The surviving intruder faces a robbery charge.

He was recovering at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, under police guard, Mfeka confirmed.

“There is no case against Lilje,” Mfeka said. “If people are in your house at night and you kill them; how can you be arrested?” he asked.

“It would have been different if he (Lilje) had been robbed on the road and shot them but they invaded his house at night,” he said.

Welcoming the news, Lilje said he had shot the intruders in self defence.

“I had no choice but to protect myself and my wife,” the farmer said.

“I have no remorse. It was either them or me. If they come back, they will get the same treatment.”

Lilje commended the police for their swift response.

Earlier this month, the police arrested Manor Gardens resident Dennis Webster after he killed an intruder in his kitchen.

Webster is out on bail.

Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge said the police handled each case on its own merits because the circumstances were never the same.

Source: http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/man-who-shot-intruders-won-t-be-charged-1.1512339?utm_medium=[%27facebook%27]&utm_source=dlvr.it
 

ToxicBunny

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Interesting..

I wonder what precedent this actually sets, if any?
 

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“There is no case against Lilje,” Mfeka said. “If people are in your house at night and you kill them; how can you be arrested?” he asked.

I hope all the other public service idiots take note of this statement!
 

Hemi300c

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Had a court made the ruling by saying:-
“There is no case against Lilje,” Mfeka said. “If people are in your house at night and you kill them; how can you be arrested?”

Then this would be precedence is reckon.
 

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Had a court made the ruling by saying:-

“There is no case against Lilje,” Mfeka said. “If people are in your house at night and you kill them; how can you be arrested?”

Then this would be precedence is reckon.

Yes? Maybe they just wanted water to drink?
 

froot

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Seriously?

Serias.

None. It usually referred to the prosecutor after an investigation to determine whether they should proceed or not.

Correct. The only case in which the above could have gone south for the home owner was if he shot the guys while they were running away, or if he first took pot shots at them while they were still on the other side of his property (ie only trespassing).
 

froot

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A few years ago that was the justification used by the cops to arrest a victim who shot someone in his home or property. Cannot remember all the detail.

Usually they do arrest you or take you into custody or ask you to report to the police station, whilst which the prosecutor is asked to decide on the merit [if any] of prosecuting the case.
 

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All round good news and some welcomed sense being spoken for a change but I can't help but find this a little concerning:

“It would have been different if he (Lilje) had been robbed on the road and shot them but they invaded his house at night,” he said.

So if you're robbed/attacked outside your own property you're basically screwed?
 

Flanders

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Or inside the grounds, you have to be attacked inside your house, very difficult otherwise.

Cool, so basically don't call the cops if you have to beat the living crap out of someone attacking you elsewhere. If you have to shoot them, well forensics is backed up 10 years so...

Ridiculous. Still, I guess the home front is probably top priority on the list of where one should feel safe.
 
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